Do Fast Food Workers Deserve Higher Wages? Uh…Probably Not

By Chris Delamo of Red Pill Philosophy
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I don’t mean to sound like an elitist, but we have to be real about the math here: if a homeless guy quirts water on your already-clean windshield, and scrubs it with a squeegee for 30 seconds, and then he asks you for a few dollars for his work…you should PROBABLY tell him to fuck off.

Look, the fact here is simple: we live in a biological world that is driven by energy outputs, and energy inputs. If you don’t consume enough calories / nutrition, your body will give out before you can accomplish your goals in life.  I don’t care how much your heart bleeds for those who are “underpaid”, or unemployed: the reality is that if you cannot meet the needs of others in the marketplace, then you are more of a burden than you are a benefit to others. Asking to be compensated when you’ve not provided value to others, is VERY selfish of you…tisk tisk.

You are, in essence, a parasite.

Today, more than ever, fast food workers have become infatuated with unionized protests.  They demand higher wages, more job security, better benefits…but do they deserve it?

Well, let’s put this in perspective: since the minimum wage was recently raised through the use of government force, more and more fast food companies are replacing their cashiers with automated robotic machines that allow customers to place orders on convenient little touch-screens.

Well, that’s how valuable some fast food workers are: when they demand higher wages, they get fuckin’ fired and replaced by a robot.

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Success & Creativity in the Internet Age: Stop Being a Slave, START Being a HUMAN!

By Chris Delamo of Red Pill Philosophy

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It seems we all want success in life.

It’s what we’re conditioned to desire by our parents.

“Get good grades”, they tell us, “and we’ll love you, be proud, and we’ll buy you that toy you’ve always wanted!”

In school, our entire sense of self-esteem depends on our ability to chase arbitrary (yes, arbitrary) letter grades, with smiley faces written in the same red ink that “F’s” are sometimes written in, scrawled sloppily across an assignment by an over-worked teacher.

The marketing, the media, and the overall cultural theme here in the West is simple and clear: “’Succeed’, and You’ll Be Accepted, Loved, and Happy.”

Of course, it seldom works out that way, and sadly (actually, thankfully), that old model for success is crumbling before our eyes and can actually be the catalyst for your FAILURE if you continue to follow it.

The desire to be successful, can cause us to scramble through our work, and end up diluting our original, authentic, genuine creativity.

The SAME authentic creativity, by the way, that BRINGS us success in the first place.

That, of course, is the zen-paradoxical irony: the more we desperately want to be successful, the more we dilute our authentic creative voices that BRING success in the first place.

The hungry…don’t get fed…

But first, I think it’s important to explain WHY focusing too much on “success” CAN inhibit your natural creative talents that BRING success in the first place.

You see, best-selling author, and creator of one of the top-marketing/business blogs in the world, Seth Godin, wrote prolifically in his book, “The Icarus Deception”, about HOW our outdated, dying industrial economy that dominated American life for the last 100 or so years, is now being replaced by an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ECONOMY, one that few people are aware of, and much less PREPARED for… Continue reading

The Free Market In Chile: Something Incredible is Happening Here

By: Chris Delamo of Red Pill Philosophy

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I’ve been in Chile for just over a week now. I was flown in by the great team at Galt’s Gulch Chile—the leaders of an experimental new project to see if it’s possible to create a society without government. In conversation with a friend I met down here, McAllister Williams, I was cued into a unique and fascinating concept about the Chilean free market.

In Chile, homelessness is nearly nonexistent because nearly everyone, everywhere, is finding SOMETHING to do in order to make a living.

Whether it’s the CEO of a local Chilean corporation, or a struggling individual being paid in tips to help strangers back out of a cramped alleyway, the economy in Chile is a thriving hive spring of marketplace activity.

The most significant point to make, I think, is the contrast between Chile and the United States today. In the U.S., if you try to make a living on street corners using unconventional methods, you’ll most probably find yourself ticketed, arrested, fined, or deterred under the “justification” that you need a license or permit to run your tiny business.  This is certainly true with street vendors, for example, who in Hialeah, Florida, from what I’ve heard from a local resident, are constantly being harassed and shut down by cops for attempting to sell a good or service on a street corner.

Why is this kind of behavior so downright destructive for people, and for the American economy?

Well, it’s simple: these tiny, microcosm “businesses” that rely on street corners and random passing pedestrians for their income, are the FOUNDATION upon which greater economic activity grows. A guy who can only afford a product from an extremely cheap street vendor will be able to get what he needs. Whereas if the street vendor is fined and run out of town by cops, that same person who could only afford the cheapest street vendor’s goods/services, won’t be able to get what he needs.  Similarly, the aspiring businessman who, at the moment, can only afford to operate on street corners out of his tiny vendor, will not be able to sell the goods/services to those who can only afford his cheap prices, and thus he will go out of business and dwindle desperately into poverty. Continue reading