I think there really may be some literal truth to the idea that Maine’s Governor LePage and all his fellow tea-partyish labor haters would like to go back to the way things were pre-labor movement.
I can see them arguing for indentured servitude and child labor as ways to discipline youth and avoid paying welfare to poor families. Debtors prisons, another source of free labor. The paternalistic capitalists in charge, not just in fact but legally too, able to control what women do, able to put limits on the rights of groups they don’t want to get stronger–racial minorities, immigrants, religious minorities, gays.
This stuff is their wet dream, right?