I don't think there should be a minimum wage at all. Salary should be the business of the employers and the employees. If an employee doesn't like the salary, they're free to try to get a raise or to look for another job.
I don't think anyone is debating that, under our current system, someone who "works harder and got higher grades" should probably be paid more than someone who doesn't and didn't.
I could not agree more. These are my exact thoughts.
If there is ever going to be a future of far out future of awesomeness it will be built on hard work and capitalism(or a form of it). Certainly, we can use robots to make life easier, but I don't see poverty going away. The cold hard truth is, some humans just work harder and are smarter than some others and will do better in life. I find it scary how after the 20th century we're still having this debate.
Why shouldn't someone that has worked hard and got higher grades be paid more?
The problem is that minimum wage was invented so that every individual working full time could support a family. Meaning rent, food, transportation, bills. That's no longer the case and it hasn't been the case for a very long time. The minimum wage has to be raised for people to survive.
I really think that our obsession with capitalism will probably be our doom. We are so stuck to the idea that capitalism is the only thing that works that makes me slightly pessimistic about the future.
It is not the only things that works it is just the best at the moment.
We could live in a world like star trek where everything is free and people work for the benefit of hamanity but we dont have the resources to do that
You really have to define the "moment". Was capitalism the best in 1973? What about 2008? What about 5-10 years from now?
Capitalism is just plain faith, and you and I have faith in capitalism just because the other people around us have it as well. Our world isn't even capitalist at its core:
It is true that finding something that is better is hard, but there can be alternatives even today. It is true, however, that there won't be a revolution in economic systems, as capitalism will be replaced gradually by something better.
My main worries are things like these: http://articles.lati...on/oe-shermer22
"Type 0.9: Democratic capitalism, the blending of liberal democracy and free markets, now spreading across the globe through democratic movements in developing nations and broad trading blocs such as the European Union.
Type 1.0: Globalism that includes worldwide wireless Internet access, with all knowledge digitized and available to everyone. A completely global economy with free markets in which anyone can trade with anyone else without interference from states or governments. A planet where all states are democracies in which everyone has the franchise.
The forces at work that could prevent us from making the great leap forward to a Type 1 civilization are primarily political and economic. The resistance by nondemocratic states to turning power over to the people is considerable, especially in theocracies whose leaders would prefer we all revert to Type 0.4 chiefdoms. The opposition toward a global economy is substantial, even in the industrialized West, where economic tribalism still dominates the thinking of most politicians, intellectuals and citizens."
Just look how plainly faith in capitalism poisons thought and prevents someone thinking outside of the box. It really is sad to see this close-minded line of thinking, the faith in a particular economic system whether it is communism, socialism or capitalism or whatever.
We could build robots to do all the grunt work like farming, building and stocking. This would allow us to sit around thinking all day.