The problem with minimum wage

The true minimum wages is $0. When an employer is compelled to pay more for work than the value received, this “net-negative” job will disappear. McDonald’s response to $15 minimum wage is automation–i.e., eliminate jobs that return less than $15/hr. This result is the obvious and wholly predicable consequence of legislating a minimum wage. The solution to minimum wage is to gain such skill that you are worth more to your employer.

Frederick Douglass

Campus speech codes are stifling free speech on too many US campus. I just read a letter by Frederick Douglass with much to say about this.

No right was deemed by the fathers of the Government more sacred than the right of speech. It was in their eyes, as in the eyes of all thoughtful men, the great moral renovator of society and government. Daniel Webster called it a homebred right, a fireside privilege. Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. They know its power. Thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, founded in injustice and wrong, are sure to tremble, if men are allowed to reason of righteousness, temperance, and of a judgment to come in their presence.

But suppressing free hurts more than the speaker. “To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. It is just as criminal to rob a man of his right to speak and hear as it would be to rob him of his money.” It is sad to watch universities devolve.


According to the Hill, “The White House is funding efforts to wipe out the password as the primary security code used to access sensitive data online.” It is certainly true that passwords are a very weak form of security, although the primary culprit is poor passwords.

However, there is something very creepy—as in creeping government intrusion in our lives—about the federal governments involvement in this.

Update: Just remembered that XKCD had something to say about passwords (of course).