The following was in comments under a web article earlier about U.S. labor organization:
Employees want to get paid as much as possible for as little work as possible. Business owners want to pay employees as little as possible for as much work as possible, and spend as little on other inputs as possible while getting as high an asking price as possible from the resulting product or service. Suppliers of those other inputs want as much money as they can get for as little effort on their end as they can muster. Consumers want to pay as little as they can to get as much as they can. The mechanism by which all these preferences are hashed out is called a “market”.
This comment probably came from a knee-jerk “screw the libruls!” sentiment. Yet, how is a market supposed to function when one of the participants is expected to fall on their sword?