Fair Wage – A Newspeak Definition

Fair Wage – A Newspeak Definition

Without the freedom to think, all other freedoms disappear.  This was the premise behind ‘Newspeak‘ in George Orwell’s classic book 1984.  Newspeak was a modification to the language so that ‘Big Brother’ could exert greater control over what and how people think.  By modifying the language, Big Brother hoped to eliminate ‘thoughtcrime’ and the desire for freedom.  While we are fortunate to live in a society ruled more by law than by man, there is a threat of tyranny in the redefinition, misuse and manipulation of the English language by our political class and their allies in the media that is essentially our own version of Newspeak.  Today we add another entry to our page, Newspeak – A Modern Political Dictionary.  This time we discuss the term “Fair Wage.”

Fair Wage:  Newspeak for an artificially created, centrally controlled wage floor (minimum wage) that fails to take into account the relative income and expenses generated from that labor.  While one would think that a fair wage would be one mutually agreed to by the labor buyer (employer) and labor seller (employee) you would be wrong under the politics of Newspeak.  Proponents of Fair Wage legislation and executive orders believe that the value generated by labor is irrelevant and expect employers to hire entry level workers at an economic loss.  Fair Wage mandates and raises in the minimum wage have been proven time and again to increase unemployment by making entry level jobs either disappear, move overseas or be replaced by automation.  When is the last time you used a full service gas station (not including those required by law such as in New Jersey), checked out at a discount store that didn’t have a self-checkout option or walked past your banks 2 or 3 tellers to use the ATM…all represent jobs lost to Fair Wage mandates.  Without those entry level jobs how is an unskilled or poorly skilled worker to develop skills, a job history or a reputation with his/her employer that leads to promotion and further opportunities for success?

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2 Responses to “Fair Wage – A Newspeak Definition”

  1. JAS says:

    And along with this, when a business has to raise wages, the cost of everything goes up. When the minimum wage is increased, the minimum wage earners actually loose ground due to everything they buy increasing. We used to see this in the military. Every time the military increased base pay, everything in town went up and we would actually be behind at the end of the day.

    • admin says:

      Great point. Wealth is relative and there will always be poverty. I think that the threat of poverty and the desire to improve skills so that one can improve one’s financial situation is a great positive motivator as long as our system affords people the social and economic mobility to move up into the middle class and beyond.

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