Oh Boy… Right Again

I met this guy – and he looked like he might have been a hat check clerk at an ice rink. Which, in fact, he turned out to be. And I said: Oh boy. Right again.

It’s funny how some things stay with you forever.

Back in February of this year I wrote:

    It’s ridiculous that this effort is hailed as being in the “spirit of the East Village”. People in the “East Village” organized to demand jobs, to demand affordable housing, to stop evictions. … I can’t wait until the “spirit of the East Village” is invoked to oppose increases in the minimum wage!

Well, no spirits were invoked, but the position has been staked by the writer of the blog Save The Lower East Side:

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I don’t feel like responding to it now. It’s enough that it happened. I’ll just leave you with Laurie Anderson:

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. rob
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 17:30:03

    Actually, I wrote that piece specifically for you, knowing your commitment to raising the minimum wage. One possible response is the knee-jerk response — even if laborers are harmed by being priced out of medicaid/food stamp welfare safety nets, raising the minimum wage is knee-jerk a priori good for labor. But I was hoping to open a discussion of the structural direction for labor: should labor play into our capitalist economy and ideology or push in the direction of democratic socialism. The intent was to argue that unless the welfare state is expanded, the raise in the minimum wage will harm those who lose their medicaid and food stamp benefits, and expanding the welfare state is better for labor anyway, so labor should be working on expanding the welfare state. I’d be interested in the pros and cons, since it’s raising a question that no one seems to be asking.

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