"Free" Restaurants and Jobs
Got a kick out of this article linked to from lewrockwell.com: Looks like because of all the government interference in starting businesses in Italy, some folks are operating unofficial restaurants out of their homes, feeding people for a "voluntary contribution", or some such thing, as opposed to a formal payment. How cool! I love to see guerilla activism like that.
One or two years ago I started wondering if something could be done, along the same lines, for employment purposes: It's gotten much more costly to hire the average employee nowadays, especially in California. It costs much more than the employee's hourly wage to hire someone with Workmen's Compensation and other insurance requirements. I wondered if maybe people could be encouraged to do their own guerilla activist type employement effort?
What would happen if a movement started to get a whole bunch of folks to become "Independent Contractors" (IC)? If you became an IC, you'd work for yourself but take a contract from a client, that client being any "normal" business, like Taco Bell or Pearson's Building Center. So, instead of adding you to their payroll, and dealing with all the insurance, tax and regulatory hurdles, they just send you whatever fee you agreed upon for delivering your services, whether it be working the takeout window or serving the businesses' customers in the lumber yard.
Of course, you'd also end up with many of the hassles of the self employed like buying your own insurance, a business license and doing quarterly estimates with your income taxes, but an IC might well be a better deal for the business than having people on the payroll. They'd still be paying for the work but the state would be cut out of the equation. If more and more people and businesses went that route, we might see a real shift in the way people and businesses work in the country. You'd probably need a lawyer and accountant to figure out a way to make it work, but, it might eventually make the State irrelevant in employer/ employee relationships.
But, alas, that's just a pipe dream. Way too many people are accustomed to demanding someone else hire them and are afraid of the responsibility of being "out on their own"- That being the major obstacle. And if such a movement did pick up some momentum, you can be assured there'd be a major squawk from the nanny staters to have ICs regulated " for their own good" and we might end up back on square one.
That said, you could always try and go the IC route on your own right now. If successful, you'd find your own little niche employment scheme. Being self employed does have its drawbacks, though. Believe me, I know. But, if you want to leave your life free of the State, you may want to give the idea some thought. If you figure out how to really make it work, let me know so I can spread the word.