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 sacrificeseven risking their lives, fortunes and sacred honorwhen 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.