RE: Bezos Bows To Pressure On $15/hr. Keep Pressuring Him. Keep Pressuring Them All.
Great article, well argued, as usual. I largely disagree.
First, I'm no fan of Jeff bezos, so none of what I say should be construed as an endorsement of him, and I am also worried about his ties to the intelligence agencies.
I agree with the article you cited which is that Bezos is pushing for a $15 minimum wage because it will help consolidate the market in his favor. A minimum reduces jobs, and makes it difficult to find entry level employment. Most people are not making minimum wage. Those that are are mostly people who are just trying to enter the job market for the first time. For them, getting job experience - any job experience - is crucial. Raising the minimum wage takes away that opportunity.
Of course, that being said, when you're talking about careers, rather than relatovely short term employment, it is sometimes necessary for people to collectively negotiate with their employers. I do not agree with the special rights many states give to unions. Business owners are not slaves. You should not leverage the state against them to force them to run their business in a certain way. But it's entirely valid for people to negotiate as a group.
As far as us going to space. It's highly important that we become a multi-planetary species. I'm not sure I'd want Bezos to be in charge of that, but it's crucially important that we do that as quickly as possible. If humanity is confined to earth it will lose its enterprising spirit and succumb to tyranny. And if anything then happens to planet Earth, that could mean the end of humanity. We need to pass the birth canal and cut the umbilical cord.
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