In this mythical place, people earned credits for doing work. Credits were then swapped for stuff. Think cash, but you never got to hold any of it.
One of the things that made this a utopia was the pay scale. Pay was based on need. How important was the job? The more important job, the more it paid. In this fictional reality, being a garbageman was a pretty high-payin' job. Tending the roses paid next to nothing.
Think about that.
Now apply some mental molars to this idea –
Any and every job should pay what you are willing to accept for doing the job.
Hrm. Confusing. Lemme try again.
What is the minimum amount you'd take to do the job? That is the pay.
The "you" part of that is critical. You. As in the singular person. As in the individual. NOT the government handing down an edict. NOT a forced decision. NOT a kinder, gentler machine gun in hand to make sure you do it.
Shades of Ayn Rand someone will say. Could be, could be.
Shades of Karl Marx someone else will say, Could be, could be.
Certainly, there are smatterings of many economic systems there.
YOU PICK YOU PAY
So what would you accept as the minimum salary for a job?
Under my idea, you pay whatever you'd take to do the same work. I cannot think of anything more fair than that. That's my utopian idea anyway.
Let's continue to run this You Pick You Pay thought experiment. Whether or not you can do the jobs below is irrelevant. I wanna know what you require as the pay to do 'em. Saying "There ain't enough money in the world" is an acceptable answer.
How much pay do you need to be a:
Member of Congress?
Convenience store clerk?
That's a good place to start. I'm sure you can come up hundreds of other jobs. The question remains, what is the minimum you'd take to do the jobs?
Bout dat "ain't enough money" comment. If you said that about any job, then in my utopia, you never get to have those services. Not enough money to a police officer? Then you never get to call law enforcement for help. Not enough money to be an elected official? Then you lose access, privileges and protections created by the law. Yes, you anarchist, you are also freed from being under the law. That sounds like a good idea to many until someone bigger, meaner, tougher and better armed comes up, takes everything you have and turns you a bone-broken heap. On yer own, you are.
So now lemme come upside yo haid with a Clue-X-Four.
Why ain't you paying these people what YOU require to do the job?
"I don't control how much they get paid."
Now there is the cop-out. There is the lie. There is the rejection of reality. Don't think so, Cleopatra? (Cause you is the Queen of De Nile.) Lemme prove it to you.
S'called tips. Who do you tip and how much?
"But I –"
"But not tip –"
Done said shup three times. Do it.
You can tip anyone. You CHOOSE not to. You CHOOSE to underpay those folks? You can tip and bring the pay up to the level you'd accept. You CHOOSE not to.
Why? Are those people less than you? Are you more important than them? Is your value to this world greater than theirs?
"But I can't –"
Don't make me get out the duct tape.
YES YOU CAN
Yes, Little Engine That Could, you can. You can tip. I am not aware of any law in any state that prevents you from tipping anyone.
You choose not to. Why?
I tip all kindsa folks, if I can get to 'em. It's not always cash either. I've delivered water to linemen. Beer to the guys on the garbage truck. If I can catch the cook in a restaurant, I slip some George Ws his way.
The difference it makes is AMAZING.
I tip folks when I believe their service to me is greater than what they are paid to do the job.
I do understand that some businesses have signs that say "No tipping allowed." I give those signs and policies all the attention they deserve. None. I have yet to be called out for tipping someone.
The contrarian in me does HOPE someone tries to tell me I cannot tip. That's gonna be interesting.
In the meantime, you do control how much people make. The question is, will you own up to it or not?