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[–] 1253861? 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

Well, if you want to see what it looks like when we don't use the law to force businesses to act in the interests of their workers, look at what the economy was like back in the 1900s. A few tycoons became extremely rich by exploiting their workers for every penny and ounce of effort they could.

Asking businesses to police themselves doesn't work by itself because people are greedy and almost always want to work for their own best interests. Even today, Google only even got into the Internet Service Provider industry because the poor state of the service provided by the current ISPs was harming their potential profits.

Sure, total government control doesn't work either (see: 1984), but this is one of the things that needs to be enforced by law or it won't be done at all.

And raising the minimum wage overall seems likely to raise prices by a small amount (some studies say about 0.7 percent for every 10 percent increase), decrease employment by a small amount, and raise about double the number of people out of poverty (even though that still would be a small number of the people currently in poverty).