The poor do not get to negotiate these wages. Wages are what the market dictates is a fair price for one hour of their labor. Though a cashier at McDonald’s handles easily hundreds of dollars in an hour, she will be paid $7.25 an hour regardless of what her employer earns from her labor and they will insist this is fair. She may hate her job and cry every night on her mother’s pullout couch wishing she could find a better, higher-paying job, but all of this suffering is her choice, obviously.
Why Capitalism is Just Shitbag Science
Holly Wood, PhD 🌹

This is it. You’ve nailed it exactly. The theme of “personal responsibility” as the basis for poverty and lack of ways to improve one’s situation is the most toxic idea. And it has been embraced by Americans for decades, maybe longer. It’s the flip side of the observation that those doing less well than you are somehow less human. It’s rooted in the same thinking that let this nation embrace slavery, then Jim Crow and now mass incarceration. It’s the poison at the heart of the American apple. Take a bite, and we all suffer.

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