Liberal activists across the nation have since 1994 demanded a “living wage,” which, depending on who is doing the defining, means the amount required to cover the basic needs of an individual or family. As with so many arguments made by the Left, the living wage appeal sounds reasonable. After all, why shouldn’t an employer pay employees at least enough for them to have decent housing, clothes, food, transportation and educational opportunities?
But there is a big lie behind this seemingly reasonable argument, namely that the employer is responsible for providing a person’s basic needs, not the individual himself. The falsehood is further illuminated by this question: Who is responsible for providing for the employer’s basic needs? If the answer is the employer, then society has two classes and equality is just a politically convenient myth.