This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
Except for, you know, the part where economics comes in and you realize that it devalues currency and minimum wage jobs are a little bit more stimulating than turning a stupid crank. If people will take a 4.50/hr job I think we should be able to pay them that much. 4.50 will increase in value then. This is a noteworthy point I think, but it’s shallow practically.
Step 2: Reblog with
- which political box your result falls in
- what you consider your political beliefs to be
Step 4: Profit!
Economic Left/Right: -6.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.33
Anarcho-Collectivism? (Left-sided Libertarian) Not sure what I initially considered my political beliefs to be (well, name wise at any rate) other than rather liberal. More left-sided and liberal than the Dalai Lama, apparently, so there’s that.
Anarcho-Socialism. Was expecting Libertarian Socialism, but apparently I’m more liberal than I thought. |D;
Libertarian Socialism. Huh. Wasn’t exactly sure what I was in political jargon, but I am a bit of believer in the whole “focus on humanity” thing.
Democratic Socialism thats… a little more extreme than i expected
Y so leftist Katie. I am disappoint.
2.25 Right, -3.95 Down
Go go Libertarianism!
I have such a repulsive personality and it takes so long to get to not think I’m awful for most people, I have no idea how this person just liked me right off the bat.
I am very libertarian. By the way.
People who think not electing Romney was a victory frustrate me. Obama is a corporate tool too. You didn’t win. Either one would continue doing horrible crap with the Patriot act and killing innocent people in the middle East.