Minimum Wage Increase: Only Good For Politicians, Not Employees

Raising minimum wage is not intended to help anyone but the very rich and their political lackeys. But President Obama, who proposed last week to bring the federal minimum wage up to $9 an hour from $7.25, doesn't seem to realize this. 

Not only will an increase in the minimum wage destroy the ability of millions to get a job, and it will help perpetuate a system of American Serfdom and Economic Slavery. 

One of the problems with a technologically advanced society is that the ruling elite have a much harder time finding poor, uneducated, unskilled labor to serve as cheap domestic servants or manual laborers, and to fill industrial “fetch and carry” positions. Historically, the answer to this problem has been to create a “second class citizen.” Some countries, such as France or Germany, have done it with immigrants who get segregated into cultural ghettos and provide a supply of cheap labor as needed.

The other alternative, which has been practiced in India and some Muslim countries for centuries, is to create a lower class that is culturally barred from rising above its assigned role in society. Although culturally safer, since the home country doesn’t have to worry about cultural contamination, this system of economic serfdom is dependent upon keeping the serf class uneducated and unskilled. 

In the U.S., minorities, particularly African Americans, have constituted the serf or servant class. With the abolition of slavery after the Civil War, African Americans could no longer legally be forced to work for little or nothing, so it became necessary for the Progressive Ruling Elite to establish a cultural system to keep them poor, uneducated, and unskilled, leaving them little choice but to fill the servant class jobs. Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt, leading Progressives, set up many of the mechanisms that, to this day, sustain the economic enslavement of blacks and other minorities. Among these was the minimum wage. 

Understanding the true purpose and effect of the minimum wage isn’t easy. After all, the “living wage” argument has been around a long time and is repeated endlessly by the major media and our political leaders. But the effects of the minimum wage on minorities, particularly young black men and women, are indisputable. A study of the effects of the minimum wage increase from 2007 to 2010 showed that raising the minimum wage by roughly 18% resulted in a 20.2% reduction in the employment of young black men.  Essentially, raising the minimum wage made a large segment of the minority population permanently “unemployable,” ensuring their permanent membership in the servant class. 

Raising the minimum wage isn’t about helping the poor and minorities to find jobs that pay them a wage upon which they can live. It is about making sure they stay poor, and continue to supply a uneducated, unskilled, labor force to serve their societal and political masters. 

Next time a politician prattles on about raising minimum wage, we should question whether they are trying to help workers or just themselves. 

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Steve Curtis

Graduated Princeton University with a BSChE. Worked in industry for 20 years, then started a safety and environmental consulting company.

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