The Eugenic Minimum Wage
I enjoy reading reason.com. I read it because it offers info that makes me think and even challenge some of my long held beliefs. An article today really brought that home. The minimum wage is part of the current news cycle. We see demonstrations by progressive groups shaming us because some people are not earning enough to get by.
The article I read at reason.com places a whole different slant on the current progressive platform. The first minimum wage was enacted in Australia and followed in England and then here. It was developed by Eugenic ideals. This is part of the introductory paragraph at Wikipedia.
Eugenics (/ju??d??n?ks/; from Greek ??????? eugenes “well-born” from ?? eu, “good, well” and ????? genos, “race, stock, kin”) is a set of beliefs and practices that aims at improving the genetic quality of the human population. It is a social philosophy advocating the improvement of human genetic traits through the promotion of higher rates of sexual reproduction for people with desired traits (positive eugenics), or reduced rates of sexual reproduction and sterilization of people with less-desired or undesired traits (negative eugenics), or both.
That is a pretty racist view in today’s society. But that how it was started in the world up until the 20’s. At that point it was taken over by the progressives. That is sadly laughable.
I suppose I could go on here about people’s replacement by mechanization. Today it is the robots who can do repetitive jobs better than humans. McDonald is implementing that to fry hamburgers. And our cars, the steel for them and industry in general are embracing production methods eliminating blue-collar works that impacts many having middle class respectability.
But that isn’t really the thrust here. The thrust is that is a horrid idea that others then made into what it wasn’t intended to be.
The whole article is on Reason. It is reviews a book by a Princeton prof. I’m providing a link here for you to check the greater points made. I hope you’ll read it. It’s a heck of a read.
The link I posted over States Fiscal Ranking got one click-through. I really hope this gets more. It is something we should all understand better.