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Topics for Discussion
  1. What do you make of Delegate Robertson’s arguments in favor of the "right to work" provision? What do his ideas reveal about his political philosophy?
  2. To what extent are "right to work" laws misleading? Explain why.
  3. How did the adoption of the phrase "right to work" by open shop proponents demonstrate the power of language?
  4. What arguments did Delegate Johnson use against Hellenthal? Do you think Johnson fundamentally agreed or disagreed with Delegate Robertson?
  5. Why did union proponents see the "right to work" campaign as a threat to their survival?
  6. Why did "right to work" proponents see unions as the destruction of the American way of life?