The Leftist Case against a Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is an attempt to try to force companies to create a liveable wage for their employees. Labour Unions like the Industrial Workers of the World fought to raise it. However, it still remains ineffective and possibly even counter-productive in keeping Worker’s Rights. This article used the United States as its main example, but most of the stuff is applicable to other countries to an extent.

If you want to see my older article on the subject from mostly a capitalist viewpoint, please check out Why We need to abolish the Minimum Wage (Old)

It’s Not Liveable

First of All, the Minimum wage is not really all that liveable, at least in the United States unless you choose to be homeless. The Federal Government makes the minimum wage 7,25USD an hour, though states may have their own. Full time is 8 hours making it about 58USD a day, if you work 5 days in a week thats 290USD a week, About 1200USD a Month and around 14400USD a Year. According to ApartmentList The Median Price of a Flat in the United States is around 1000USD per month for 1 Bedroom. If you only ate Potatoes, you would need to eat about 21 of them to meet the recommended calorie intake (a Postdate is around 56 Calories and the Recommended is around 1200 a day). A bag for 1USD contains around that many. If you eat only that you can get buy for 30USD a month for food. The Basic Utilities (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Rubbish) will cost you around 70USD on the cheap end (does not include Internet). For Internet  you will most likely have to pay (Unless 10 Hours a Month for Free From NetZero is good Enough), for a DSL Connection you will Probably need to Pay around 40USD a Month . If you need a Bus Pass that will cost Around 20USD a month, if you need a Mobile Plan, thats 1USD a month from FreedomPop. If you choose to have Insurance, the price for that is About 400USD a month for an individual. Already we are in debt, and we have not even considered taxes and emergency spending or interest rate from your past debt. The Minimum wage is not liveable if you choose to live a normal life.

The Minimum Wage does not keep up well with Inflation

Many people in the US want to raise the Minimum wage to 15USD an hour. More than 50% agree with this. I can to an extent agree with this. The 7,25USD minimum wage was passed in 1994CE. 7,25USD in 1994 is about the same as 11USD in 1994. But since the US government is so slow, it may be a few years until the Minimum wage is updated. By then, Inflation would have caught up. The Minimum wage in the United States does not keep up with Inflation.

It creates an Artificial Pay limit

The Minimum wage also makes an artificial pay limit. It sets a suggested number which everyone chooses to set as their payment for their employees rather than a living wage. It allows for companies to pay a little bit over minimum wage sound like they are paying a lot when in reality they are still not paying a liveable wage. If a company pay 13USD an hour its not much better than a 7,25USD  per hour wage. The Minimum wage increasing also gives land lords the green light to raise their prices. If the minimum wage were to raise, landlords would just raise prices and inflation in general would go up thus eventually cancelling out the raise.The minimum wage also in many ways sets the standard salary for other jobs. If you have a 2nd tier job, just make it pay 20 000 USD a month, its more than minimum wage but not a liveable wage, and for each tier, you just add a little bit more. This is what happens when you have a low minimum wage and the  state rather than the unions try to regulate it which brings us to our Next Point.

It weakens Unions

The Minimum wage tries to make unions less relevant. If the wage is set to something super low, but just high enough to make some people happy, the workers wont rebel and demand higher wages. Unions get weaker since there is less use for them which allows for the wages to stay low.  If the workers all got together on strike, they would get much higher than what the minimum wage is, but the minimum wage is just enough to make the workers not go on strike and demand higher wages, meaning that it is just meant to weaken something (Unions) to keep something else the same (Capitalism and Low Wages).

It keeps Capitalism alive

The Minimum wage is just a Neo-Liberal way to keep capitalism intact. It is part of a negotiation between the Bourgeoisie and the Proletariat mediated by the State. But this just gives the state more of a reason to exist and lets the bourgeoisie continue to exist. We dont want to negotiate with these pigs, we want to overthrow them, they are leeches and as long as they exist, we are being exploited.

Workers are Still Exploited

The Bourgeoisie still makes profits off the worker’s labour, even if they are paying them more. It does not in any way fix Worker Labour Exploitation or Wage Slavery. Even if it does work for large Corporations, the Minimum wage may harm smaller businesses which are just starting out. In the beginning, a business may not be able to pay liveable wages, though a worker may still choose to work there for other reasons, though they cant because of the Minimum wage laws. In the long run this leads to Monopolies forming.

The fear of Globalism

If we have minimum wage laws, the Bourgeoisie may just move their work force to Asia or Africa for a fraction of the cost, profiting a United States Company, and keeping the those countries poor. This is already happening in the Chinas and Africa where people (including Children) in those countries are being paid pennies a day to do work when the company owner does nothing and gets huge profit.

 

An Alternative to the Minimum wage.

There are great alternatives to the minimum wage which carry less or none of the negative effects we listed above.

One of them is a “Maximum Wage” like the 1:12 Ratio in the Swiss Confederation. What this does is it makes the highest paid person in a company make a maximum of 12 times as much as the lowest worker. The benefit to this is it prevents 1 person from raising to the top and provides better living conditions for the workers and more equality in general.  While the Swiss do have a Minimum wage, the 1:12 ratio is a much better way to fix the problem.

 

Another way is Socialism or Communism.

Socialism and Communism are not the evil ideologies portrayed in the West. Socialism is when the workers take control of the means of production and abolish the bourgeoisie and is a step towards communism for Marxists.  Communism is a step further than socialism, in Communism, the state and Money/Currency are both abolished.  All transactions are between workers and there are no bosses and all the resources are owned collectively. This is good because it can help impoverished peoples improve their living conditions and not be exploited, and it helps just about everyone except the former bourgeoisie and state.

 

 

Also happy 100th Birthday to CPUSA on 20 December 2019CE.

Happy Birthday 199th Friedrich Engles!

28 November 2019 CE is the 199th Birthday of Friedrich Engles! Engles was the main co-writer for Marx’s work. They are a huge part of history as they helped improve working conditions, and helped spread awesome ideas of freedom. Their ideas were used in created countries which claimed to be Socialist. Even Anarchists like us like what Engles did, as they laid many ideas of what we needed to fix to be free from the bourgeoisie. Engles is often forgotten, but they in many ways were even more important than Marx as they had ideas like “withering away of the state”, which is used by Marxists as a way to finally achieve Communism. We cant wait for Engles’ 200th Birthday.

AirPods Pro 2019: A Worse Version of Something not that good

In 30 October 2019CE, and 2 Days After they were announced, Apple released the AirPod Pros (Officially AirPods Pro), which was supposed to be a new and updated version of the AirPods 2nd Generation, which are a pair of wireless earbuds also sold by Apple. Apple still sells the AirPods 2nd Generation, though I am not sure if they will be a Gen 3. The AirPods Pro are for 250 USD, for reference the original AirPods and Generation 2 Costed 159USD, or 209USD if you also wanted the wireless charging case.  For the AirPod Pro you need iOS 13,2 or watchOS 6,1 or tvOS 13.2 or and macOS Catalina 10,15,1 while the original AirPods worked with IOS 10 on iPhone 5. While it does work on devices which are Bluetooth 4, some features only work on iCloud. The design looks like if you took the ear buds from the Euro Store, and then removed the wires and added some weird features. Most of the features in the 1st 2 generations sucked, and they hardly improved, if at all. You still have what I think is by far the biggest problem, they can easily fall out or get lost.

New Features in AirPods Pro

The New AirPods Pro have better noise cancellation and allow you to hear things on the outside. Such as if you were at work and you wanted to hear what a co-worker was saying but still also wanted to hear music, well these have a built in microphone which allow you to do that, though I honestly do not see what stops the sound cancellation and the microphone from conflicting each other. The sound quality has also improved according to Apple.  They brought Back an the older style of headphones which were common when the iPod was released in 2001. The case for them has also changed. The new case is wider, and in general larger, but possibly thinner.  Apple claims it can hold 24 Hours of charge, and the AirPods Pro can hold about 5 hours, and then can be recharged from the case in 5 minutes. These are bold claims which I honestly doubt are good for the battery. The case also supports wireless charging, which you could also have in Generation 1 and 2 for 50USD more.  These were the main features in the AirPods Pro.

Verdict on AirPods Pro

I do not recommend them. They are not innovative ion most ways, just Gimmicks. Noise Cancellation can be found in many traditional computer headphones. You can also get a referbished pair of AirPods on Ebay for 100GB£, or a New Pair for 129GB£, But I Honestly do not see why you would do that when you  can just get a knock off which can do almost just as good as normal AirPods For a lower Price. Even if you wanted EarBuds, You can get some for 11GB£ on Ebay
200€ is not a price to pay for some headphones that do not do anything interesting, they are super likely to fall out, and even if you just wanted to look rich by having Apple stuff, you can just sacrifice a little quality and buy knockoffs. The AirPods Pro look awful in my opinion, especially compared to originals. I doubt the average person can really find a big difference in Sound Quality, and many Audio Files and older recordings may not even be able to take advantage of these new features without taking up tonnes of Storage Space or Internet Bandwidth. I just see no benefits to having to pay the price for a product which in a lot is ways is inferior. While you may often see them on sale, its often not that big, and you would be better off with a cheaper option.

How to respond to “Your a Socialist/Communist so you should give me half of your stuff”

You a Communist/Socialist, so you should give me half of your stuff right? No, thats not how Communism/Socialism work. I get this question asked to me a lot. People think that me being a Communist means that I want to give half my stuff to some random stranger or person I know. But like most people, they do not know how Communism or Socialism actually work, and say things that contradict what they think Socialism is.

 

Recognising What Socialism and Communism Actually Are

Communism and Socialism
Communism and its common logo (Hammer and Sickle) as well as socialism with raised resistance fist (A symbol used by many rebels). Shows how they are against social classes. Credit to Investopedia.com

Communism is the collective ownership of the means of production and resources. In Communism, there are no classes or states, just workers who make the decisions collectively and take only the resources they need. Currency almost never exists and most exchanges between communes are done via trades and Mutual Aid.   You retain personal property, but private property is dissolved becomes owned collectively.

Socialism in most cases is just a way to achieve Communism most commonly advocated by Marxists where the workers own the means of production and the state which is run by workers works on improving the infrastructure and nationalises industries (in some cases) and then gives out money evenly.

Know the difference between what you think these things are, and what they are, and know the difference between Communism and Socialism.

Personal vs Private Property

Private Propety Vs Personal Property Meme
A Funny Meme about personal and private property. BTW Stalin was not a real communist. Credit to @solidarity_with_all on Instagram

Personal Property is stuff you use for yourself, that cannot be used to exploit workers, things like your toothbrush, everyday clothing, a decent place to live, food, drink, and in most cases your smartphone.

Private Property is stuff that can be used to exploit workers or the environment and make money as well as put someone ahead. These things often include Factories, oil pumps, offices, and machines.

Know the Difference.

People who ask the question “Your a Communist so you have to give me half your stuff” do not seem to know the difference as most people do not have that much private property.

 What uninformed people thing Communism and Socialism Are

The Red Iceber, Anti-Communist Propoganda Mcarthyism
The Red Iceberg, Anti-Communist Propaganda, part of Mcarthyism

People who do not know what these things are often have incorrect ideas of what Communism and Socialism are. Most uninformed people think that an authoritarian dictator just makes everyone work and than gives all of them a little money and the workers have no control of the workforce and cant even choose their jobs. People often use examples such as the Soviet Union to justify this. This is incorrect because in Communism the workers own the means of production, and the state is non-existent. Please see my article on The Myth of A Communist Country.

People often do not seem to know the difference between Socialism and Communism and often seem to lump them together. Though many people often view Socialism as just a less extreme form of Communism, which is not true as Socialism is actually just a transition period between Capitalism and Communism that is often used by Marxists. There are many stages to socialism where many different things happen, and near the end, the workers state which was created near the beginning begins to wither away via Withering Away of The State. And After Lenin Died, the USSR actually had very little in common with any of these.

How this question contradicts with their existing beliefs of Socialism and Communism

Since most people who do not know what Socialism and Communism are think that the State redistributes stuff evenly, then the state would be the one who gave them half my stuff, not me just handing it over.

 

How This Question Contradicts with what Socialism and Communism actually are

This question implys that people in Communism own lots of Private Property and just give half of their stuff to everyone. What these people fail to realised is that Communists and Socialists are for personal property and in most cases do not believe that that should be collectivised. Which  Brings us to our next point.

If things are collectivised, then you would not “give” your stuff to someone else, it would just be mutual ownership.

Also, in Communism, everyone is supposed to be equal, and unless the other person gave you half their stuff as well, it would not be equal. As well as that there are other people you would have to share stuff with, not just that 1 person.

Conclusion

People who use the argument “if you are a communist/socialist, then give me half your stuff” do not know what Communism or Socialism really are. They just use their uninformed ideas of what Communism are to try to attack it.

PR China paid Facebook and Twitter to spread Anti-Muslim Propaganda Under the name Global Times

Global Times Logo
The People’s Republic of China Government paid Facebook and Twitter to Spread Anti-Muslim Propaganda under the name Global Times

Recently the Government of the People’s Republic of China started sponsoring content on Facebook on Twitter. This content is trying to paint their internment camps as good places. Internment camps (Also sometimes known as Re-education Camps) are like concentration camps, but they exist in PRC, and are used for housing Muslims, and more specifically the ones in Xinjiang. While they are an autonomous region which kind of has Independence, the Chinese (PRC) government still has some control of the area and has made Interment Camps in these areas.

 

PR China paid Facebook and Twitter to spread Anti-Muslim Propaganda Under the name Global Times

The PR China Government Paid Facebook and Twitter to spread Anti-Muslim Propaganda via sponsorships. For those of you who do not know how Facebook and Twitter make some of their money, here is how it works, you can post something an then you can pay money to “boost” it. It is more complicated and their are a few more steps. but that’s basically how it works. Well, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) created a state owned account named “Global Times”. This account is owned by the State. Global Times has been posting stuff that makes these Internment Camps look like better places than they are.

Some of the posts that they make show “students” graduating and hoping for a better future. It shows them doing stuff like baking bread to show the “vocational skills” that they were suppose to of learned. They claim that the goal of these camps is to stop “religious extremism” and that fewer violent attacks would have happened if they were set up earlier.

Global Times also recently made a post where their editior-in-cheif criticised the journalists who were criticising the camps saying how “Their hands are in a way soiled with the blood of the Chinese people who died in violent attacks”. They are most likely referring to the event that happened in Uighurs in 2009CE which lead to hundreds of deaths in an ethnic riot, as well as recent events that have happened their in recent years.They claim that other Muslim countries support the actions done by the PRC government.

 

Most of the information we have was obtained from investigations by Intercept and Buzzfeed. Global Times has promoted their posts to Millions of people, more commonly in Western Countries to try to make the conditions not look as bad. They are not only doing it for Muslims, but also for the people in Hong Kong, much of it false.

 

Twitter updated their advertising policies stating that they would no longer accept sponsorships from state run news outlets. Facebook said they would continue to allow them, but would make sure that they take a “close look to make sure they did not violate their policies”. Facebook acknowledged that they may of been slow to much of this stuff (Global Times started this started this in June to our knowledge), but wants to remain neutral in this kind of stuff. PRC blocked both Facebook and Twitter, but use them to promote the PRC government.

PRC (People’s Republic of China) claims to be a socialist state run by the people via a “People’s Democratic Dictatorship lead by the people” in the constitution. PRC and ROC are not the Same country. ROC (Republic of China) claims to be nationalist, and currently owns the Island of Taiwan and a few other Islands and is often referred to as just Taiwan. Though ROC claims to be nationalist, PRC also has lots of nationalism. PRC has many autonomous regions based on ethnicities and seem to generally like themselves more than other ethnicities and nations. Their constitution does not seem to be all that realistic. The people have very little involvement in the voting, it is very bureaucratic, and it is a one party state.

PRC is commonly labelled as communist when it is not, they claim to be socialist, not communist, communism is stateless and classless, and both state and class exist, PRC is suppose to be a transition state rather than communism in its final form. But PRC seems to have more in common with Neo-Nazism than Socialism or Communism. They don’t have real elections, they use concentration camps to harm people who are different than them, they are imperialist (they own a bunch of land that does not want to be owned by PRC, most of it gained through conquest (such as Tibet)). They are authoritarian and do not follow the ideas of socialism in many ways. Age and gender roles exist, Homosexuality still has many issues, and nationalism has presence.  People are not equal like Communism or even socialism advocates.

China has very little in common with communism and has a lot in common with Neo-Nazism, this incident shows this by how they are putting people in these camps because they are a different religion and using propaganda to cover it up..