Monday, May 26, 2014

A Proposal To Ban Volunteers

This fellow over at Reason magazine makes a case to ban volunteering that might appeal to many Californians. Hey, we don't allow people to work for less than minimum wage. Why should we let them work for free?


At 11:57 AM, Anonymous MOLA:42 said...

Because they are "Volunteering?"

Freely giving one's spare time for a favored cause is hardly the same thing as working for sweat wages to survive because your employer has you over the proverbial barrel.

Minimum wage prevents employer exploitation. That corporations (people) making billion dollar profits fight and collude to keep their exploitative practices does not bode well for the "free market."

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd mirror what MOLA:42 said, with the caveat that volunteering for a commercial enterprise shouldn't be considered volunteering (e.g., clamp down on unpaid internships which are exploited for free labor).

At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't our military all "volunteer" too? Oh, yeah! Let's do away with that volunteer force also and bring back the draft to staff the military - with NO deferments for the scion son or daughter of the Uber-Wealthy either. Sure as hell would be less of an inclination to send in the troops whenever some despot farts the wrong way to suit one or more of our sainted congress critter. That would include President Emeritus John McCain.

Then we'd have some Happy Memorial Days.

P.S. I didn't know that "fat Cats" operated animal shelters. Learn something new everyday over at Reason E-Mag

At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Anon 2:05, our military is not "volunteer" in the same sense as a volunteer working at a soup kitchen. A volunteer military means they are not forced to serve in the military, but must choose (aka 'volunteer') to apply to be considered for the military. And it is an application process not unlike applying for a regular job, with applicants rejected, etc.

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Joe Blow said...

Do you have any idea how many people are "volunteered" by the courts to work for free? Jobs that people would otherwise get paid for?


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