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Scott Santens @scottsantens
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50 years after slavery became illegal in the US, some white people decided they didn't like how black women with monthly stipends weren't cooking & cleaning for white people, so they decided refusing employment should be illegal. 100 years later not much has changed. #BasicIncome
Because their husbands were soldiers, these women received monthly checks independent of any work to cover their basic needs. If the work some people didn't want to do wasn't getting done by others, they should have offered higher wages. Instead, they proposed work requirements.
The fact it's 2018 & so many people still think it's a good idea to force other people to work for low wages doing the things they themselves don't want to do, says a lot about how far we still need to go to get away from our racist inclinations, and to embrace universal freedom.
Forcing people to work for low wages also makes even less sense when we have the tech to entirely free everyone from that work. Work requirements slow the automation of work by making human labor cost less than machine labor. Work requirements inhibit progress. We must end them.
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