James on Dividing and Conquering

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  • Marthe Lépine

    I find it somewhat disturbing that any time the issue of minimum wage, or even a living wage, much of the reaction is about “helping” the poor. As if the poor were condemned to remain poor. They certainly are not allowed to find work that allows them to no longer being poor. To get a fair wage does not seem to matter. The mistake is to consider a person’s value as per the value of the work that person is able to do, instead of considering that every person is entitled, because of the principles of justice, to the necessities of life. If the minimum wage does not allow a person to obtain the necessities of life, it is simply not just. But so many people have swallowed the “market theory” that they no longer see people for anything else than slaves being expected to work for next to nothing. It is like some people would want the poor to remain poor in order to keep being the target of “help”. Of course, “the poor will always be with us”, but I do not think that it means that we need to make sure that the poor around us remain poor, that some categories of persons do not deserve to be anything but poor, e.g. inferior to us. We can decry the cast system in India to include some “untouchables”, but in reality many people are doing exactly the same thing in some developed countries..