“We can’t afford a higher minimum wage”

If you can’t pay your workers a living wage, perhaps you shouldn’t be running a business. People say it’s up to workers to “work harder” and be entrepreneurs themselves if they’re not happy. Such people seem to think that everyone can and should be an entrepreneur. But not everyone can—and not everyone wants—to be an entrepreneur. The problem is not entrepreneurialism as such, it’s that our system as is guarantees that not everyone can be an entrepreneur. If everyone were an entrepreneur, there’d be no one left for entrepreneurs to exploit. Entrepreneurs depend on a vast pool of cheap, exploitable labour. The fact that most people are and always will be workers is one of the many reasons why we must protect the working majority against the powerful minority’s abuses.

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