A. Barton Hinkle on a Modest Proposal to Ban Volunteering


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President Obama and congressional Democrats are hoping they can make political hay out of campaigning to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray wants to raise it to $15. And social-justice activists there say even that falls far too short. How right they are!

But if we are serious about addressing economic inequality and restoring social justice, writes A. Barton Hinkle, then a minimum wage increase should be just the start. We also need to outlaw volunteering.