(Original post by mevidek)
I'm afraid I have to disagree on most of what you've said, but mainly due to the fact that I don't think that these "thinking jobs" as you've called them deserve to be paid any more than those who work hard to create the products they "think". I shall dissect what you've said paragraph by paragraph simply because it's easier to answer your points
Fair enough, if they work hard then they deserve what they've got, but the general idea that a tiny percentage deserves much, much, much more than others is, to me, unfair. It might just be because I'm a Cosmopolitan, but I see all humans as equal, and want to see this social divide (which is quite evident even today) be closed.
I've answered that question in my last comment in reply to politics_student, and I'm basing it on hours worked, effort involved, benefit to society and ability.
Firstly, many of the '99%' have degrees, often from top universities, and performed excellently academically, so it's not like only the '1%' performed in school. That's a myth with absolutely no basis whatsoever. Secondly, that's fine. It really is. If people are artistic, or are inventors, fine. If they ("thinking" workers) actually contribute to society and genuinely improve the lives of people, then I've got nothing against them earning the money they earn. It's just that, as I've previously stated, those that actually make
the products deserve more as well. Thirdly, as you've said, these "thinking jobs" as you've called them, are not just done by the '1%'. They're also done by ordinary people, and if they work just as hard, and contribute just as much, surely they deserve the same amount of money as the '1%' "thinking job" employees (or employers for that matter). Fourthly and finally, it's not like the majority "can't do these jobs". Many people can, but these jobs are already taken up by the successful '1%'. It's not fair, and your analogy just isn't correct. As I've said, most people now have degrees, and loads of people do well in school, so what you've said is really just not correct (I mean about the grades and the "majority not able to do these jobs".
It's unfair that people work their arses off and don't get paid enough to live. Have you seen the working conditions of many people in this country who earn the least, and of workers in South America, Asia, and Africa? They're disgusting, and unfair. This is something I'd like to see change as it's really a problem when there are people in society who live comfortable lives in nice neighbourhoods, get degrees without trying, and go on to do nothing with their lives or take on from Daddy's business. On a side note, I don't buy designer clothes as I think they're pretty ugly usually, but it comes down to personal taste I guess