1: Do you feel that a true socialist egalitarian society can ever exist?
2: Do you feel that New Labour has betrayed socialism?
3: Do you all use Linux? :P
But workers can't be paid less than the value of their labour. It's literally impossible. If they can get away with paying them so little, then supply must be higher than demand, in which case their value is low.
[QUOTE=alasdair_R]1. Maybe. I certainly hope so. But if not, then working towards one has to be better than not doing so.[QUOTE]
May I then ask why you are working towards one if you're not sure if it can work? Isn't that a rather dangerous idea, to try to create a radical socialist state with no assurances of success?
Would you agree with the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman, that Fidel Castro is "a hero of the left"?
That's a difficult one, really. In some ways he is, in others no.
Do you think that your political persuasion can change depending upon the country you are in?
Generally the minimum wage means that a little more of the profits of the capitalist are placed in the hands of the person who actually does the labour. It is a means of limiting the asymetrical economic relationship which heavily favours the capitalist over the worker.
Interestingly the Conservative Party claimed that there'd be an economic disaster if the minimum wage were introduced yet it never happened. Bosses probably just had to buy themselves slightly less extravagant BMWs.