Revolutionary Armies, Labor Unions, and Free-Riders: Organization, Power, and In-kind Benefits
By Jerry K. Rohacek
This article appeared in the Fall 1998 issue of The Independent Review

Why do political activists make such great sacrifices—even risking their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor”—when the expected payoff looks small? Without slighting the importance of non-material motives, we must recognize that activists and organizers may often be rewarded surreptitiously with new powers and disproportionate access to public goods.

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