- The Book
- The Philosophy of Liberty
Kid: Hey, mister. Can I get a job?
Employer: Know how to handle a computer?
K: Not yet, but I can learn.
E: Nah, I'd have to spend too much time training you on the job and it wouldn't be worth what I'd have to pay you.
K: I'm willing to start at half pay until I learn.
E: That wouldn't be allowed. It's illegal for me to pay you less than the minimum wage. Besides, you're not old enough and kids wouldn't understand computers.
K: What if I worked for nothing?
E: I suppose volunteering would be okay.
K: Why is it okay to pay me nothing, but not okay to give me half pay?
E: I don't know. Everyone likes volunteers. To be on the safe side, why don't you ask your school to train you?
K: The school will pay me?
E: No, your parents or the taxpayers will have to pay the school.
K: I don't get it. If you pay me, that's illegal. But if we pay the school and I don't get paid anything-that's legal?
E: School will give you credits.
K: What are "credits"?
E: Credits are a letter grades in your file that prove you learned something.
K: But if you pay me and give me a raise, isn't that proof that I learned something?
E: Yeah, but like I told you, it's illegal for me to pay you. Better be satisfied with letter grades.
K: I don't think my teachers would work for letter grades. They'd go on strike. Maybe I'll go on strike, too. The wage of a student is zip.
E: Where will you get your training?
K: Well, if you won't pay me, I'll find something in the streets.
by: Ken Schoolland