Poverty is not fate, it is a condition; it is not a misfortune, it is an injustice. It is the result of social structures and mental and cultural categories, it is linked to the way in which society has been built, in its various manifestations.
These type of minimum wage jobs were not meant to be a career choice. It was a stepping stone, a first job to teach responsibility. If you have a family and you’re still working one of these minimum jobs, don’t you think it’s time to pull up your big boy & big girl pants and go back to school? There are so many real jobs out there for the taking… You need to work for them. I’m just saying
I understand that your life has taught u that this is possible but… I have both worked these jobs and I now work with people who are paid slightly above the minimum wage and your prescription does not fit their issues. No one has the right to profit from the suffering of others.
The idea that the market will solve such things as environmental concerns, as our racial divides, as our class distinctions, our problems with educating and incorporating one generation of workers into the economy after the other when that economy is changing; the idea that the market is going to heed all of the human concerns and still maximize profit is juvenile. It’s a juvenile notion and it’s still being argued in my country passionately and we’re going down the tubes. And it terrifies me because I’m astonished at how comfortable we are in absolving ourselves of what is basically a moral choice. Are we all in this together or are we all not?