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Yet another weird SF fan

Friday, August 01, 2003

“Cheap-Labor Conservatives” …

… vs. no-labor liberals (seen via Fark). According to the latest caricature of conservatism from the looney left, conservatism is based on cheap labor. That appears to make sense until we realize that wages are not set by a band of Evil CapitalistsTM sitting around a table and saying “We'll pay everybody $1 per hour! Ha ha!” The only two ways to raise wages are increased productivity (which usually increases profits as well) and limiting the supply by forcing people to not work. For example, minimum wage laws prolonged the Depression, immigration restrictions shut the door in the faces of the “wretched masses,” and legalized abortion forces people not merely out of the job market or out of the country, but out of existence. When the left takes over you might be one of the lucky ones still working, but don't count on it.

On the other hand, I must admit there are some rich people who fit the stereotype. You can tell who they are because the looney left thinks they're socially responsible.

UPDATE: There is a more extended fisking at The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.


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