That’s a fair question.

My personal opinion is that a full-time job of some sort should be available to everyone who is willing to work, and that every full-time job should pay a living wage.

If a job that pays a living wage is available and people choose not to take it because they think it is “beneath them” then they’re on their own.

My point was not that people who wont take a job that is beneath them should be subsidized but rather that many people won’t take a job that is both crappy AND ALSO won’t pay them enough to live on in any event.

If the job is crappy but will pay a living wage then they will need to take it or do without.

If you’re asking for my personal opinion, it is that full-time work is the cover charge that able-bodied citizens have to pay to participate in society’s benefits, but that if you’re willing to work you deserve to be paid enough to live decently.

In exchange for your willingness to work the society has to be structured in such a way as to give you the opportunity to work. I don’t think people are entitled to a non-crappy job, but they should have access to at least a crappy job that pays a living wage.

If you’re interested in a more detailed discussion on this topic, see my column: A Guaranteed Minimum Income Is The Wrong Answer To The Right Question. The Solution To The Shortage Of Living-Wage, Low-Skilled Jobs Is Publicly Funded, Non-Profit Corporations That Will Pay A Living Wage

Graduate of Stanford University & U.C. Berkeley Law School. Author of 17 novels and over 200 Medium columns on Economics, Politics, Law, Humor & Satire.

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