Charlie, reading all you’ve written I haven’t seen any practical, common- sense proposal to resolve the problem you admit exists.
Yes, wages should be higher but we should only hope that employers will pay them voluntarily. Employers are doing everything in their power to lower wages. Employers always strive to lower costs. There is zero chance they will generally voluntarily raise them.
BTW, the idea that the minimum wage doesn’t work is a fantasy. It is simply, factually false. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2013-06-19/the-capitalist-s-case-for-a-15-minimum-wage
If we didn’t need medical insurance some people could almost live on the minimum wage in some parts of the country? We do need health insurance and we do need to deal with this problem in the whole country.
The problem is that you’re hanging onto a philosophy that doesn’t allow a solution and in fact it caused the problem. That’s the point of my article. You can hang onto the libertarian “rules” because you think they’re “fair” or you can have a society that works. You can’t have both.