WARNING: This post is an angry rant, and probably won’t contribute to your business success.
Originally posted as a comment on the formidable Jackie Danicki’s blog.
In it, she argues that replacing low-wage Best Buy jobs with high-wage Stereo Exchange jobs wouldn’t hurt the workers, because “Why wouldn’t the former Best Buy workers take a lot of these new and better jobs? They’re not all as clueless as you seem to think.”
BECAUSE THERE WOULDN’T BE AS MANY JOBS, BARBARA YOU IGNORANT SLUT!
All joking aside, I’m horrified that someone as intellectually influential as Ehrenreich seems to lack any basic understanding of elementary economics.
It boils my blood to hear people try to ban “demeaning” jobs that people VOLUNTARILY take. We’re not talking about slavery or indentured servitude here.
It’s called comparative advantage people. Maybe you heard about it in your Economics class? Or do you believe that there are enough muckraking journalist jobs for everyone in the US?
These people have what I call a Dungeons & Dragons mentality–they think that the world is run based on rules, and that if you change one input into a situation, all the other ones stay constant.
“If wages are too low, raise the minimum wage.”
By this imbecilic line of reasoning, why not just print an extra $10,000,000 for every man, woman, and child on the planet? Then we’d all be rich.