Sunday Morning Quotation – Labor Liberty

Given all of the labor talk around the country (especially in Indiana), today’s quotation from Lochner v. People of State of New York, 198 U.S. 45 (1905) seems appropriate:

The general right to make a contract in relation to his business is part of the liberty protected by the Fourteenth Amendment, and this includes the right to purchase and sell labor, except as controlled by the State in the legitimate exercise of its police power.

Liberty of contract relating to labor includes both parties to it; the one has as much right to purchase as the other to sell labor.

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