Will people still work if the government gives them money?

There is a strange paradox that the people who labor hardest or at the least appealing jobs are paid the least.

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There is a rather widespread belief that if the government simply gives people money, they won’t work. Instead, they will be satisfied with the money they are given.

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The variables in this hypothesis are: The amount of money, the people’s needs, the jobs available, the salaries available, and perhaps most importantly, the psychology of the people with regard to work.

There is a strange paradox that the people who labor hardest or at the least appealing jobs are paid the least.

It’s a paradox only because, for instance, one would think an employer would have to pay more to get someone willing to dig in a windowless, damp, dark, dreary, dangerous mine than to a teacher sitting in a comfortable, clean, often air-conditioned room, with windows to the outside.

Where would you rather be: A mine or a classroom?

Yet the median…

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6 thoughts on “Will people still work if the government gives them money?

    • For me, Trace, the most important point the article makes for me is that the labor market clearly doesn’t work under monopoly capitalism. For the most part, we pay people who do the really important dangerous backbreaking work a pittance. While the people who do the easy, safe work make massive salaries.

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  1. Tubularsock feels that it has already been proven that paying people large sums of money for doing nothing is well demonstrated when you look at those who hold jobs in Congress.

    That is why those in Congress sound off so loudly about “people” getting free money because the Congress members are afraid that it will infringe on their own gravy train.

    Name another occupation besides Congress where a raise is decided by a vote of the employees.

    Congress is a good gig if you can con enough people.

    VOTE Tubularsock, 2020!

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  2. I can only speak for myself, but job satisfaction has always ranked higher on my value scale than salary. Some of my favorite jobs paid the least, for various reasons. In my younger days, I enjoyed waiting tables, because it was fun, I could move fast, get compensated immediately for a job well done, chat with customers, and leave it behind me when my shift was over.

    I enjoyed working in publishing and for newspapers, because I could ask a lot of questions, chat with numerous people, including semi-renowned mucky-mucks, and try to frame creatively what I learned, in terms people could understand.

    I went into psychiatry with the naive belief that I could help set people free, but learned psychiatry, as it’s practiced today, does just the opposite; yet of all my jobs, this one paid the most money, partly because I was a slave to The Establishment. I retired as soon as I turned 62 and could collect Social Security. Now that I’ve retired, I work harder than ever before but don’t get paid.

    I make enough on Social Security to feed all the animals within my domain (including me) and to pay property taxes on the spot of land that the government rents to me and expects me to maintain.

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  3. Same with me, Katherine, since I retired from psychiatry. I now work harder than ever without getting paid for it. As a psychiatrist in the US, I horrible experiences working in community mental health, so I limited myself to private practice. Even though my income was much lower because I mainly saw uninsured and unemployed patients with limited means to pay me.

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