Can we really decide on Minimum Wage by just using the QUANTITATIVE approach and disregarding the QUALITATIVE?
October 21, 2010
One of the things that I have done when I broached the issue of Minimum Wage is to move very slowly and carefully – I understand, some of the set pieces we are dealing with come encrusted with so many misconceptions and false assumptions – such as how many of us may like to believe the whole idea of the “welfare state” is based on taxing and punishing the hard working inorder to create an egalitarian society etc – so I have been very careful to move slowly. At times the pace has been excruitingly slow, but I feel it’s important that we cover this ground thoroughly and not pay too much heed to whatever goes on elsewhere.
The way I see it, this is a big geography – and it doesn’t really pay to rush through it. In this section what I want to underscrore is how the Beveridge Report was able to successfully combine two diametrically opposite ideas. The first is the hard science of economics and the second is the philosophy that makes possible the whole idea of a better world.
At the end of the second world war to rebuild a ravaged Europe the planners were able to do by relying solely on this approach.
This begs the question – why can’t we seem to find the same resolve today to broach the issue of minimum wage?