Philip D. Bunn is a Lyceum Visiting Scholar at the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. A native of east Tennessee, he earned his B.A. in Political Philosophy at Patrick Henry College and his Ph.D. in Political Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research has been published in Political Research Quarterly, American Political Thought, and The Political Science Reviewer, and his occasional writing has featured in The University Bookman, The American Conservative, and The Intercollegiate Review.
The “freedom to walk away” from at-will employment seems, in many cases, to be the “freedom” to launch yourself into the unsteady winds of “joblessness and financial misery,” particularly if your employment contract requires resolution of disputes through expensive and time-intensive arbitration that favors the employer.