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Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich tell you about life on minimum wage

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America - Barbara Ehrenreich

How to live on so little? As a reporter, she did her research by working as a minimum wage worker.

 

As expected, she couldn't afford a lot of things that she used to, because based on her undercover income, she really can't have nice things.

 

But people still smoke. The constant luxury that both rich and poor has, is smoking.

 

It is kind of sad to hear that, but it is true.

 

The book left an impression by revealing the injustice in the wage system, when people who already born with money could continue to accumulate wealth while people are barely getting by with the minimum wage.

 

When labor be calculate as cost, instead of contribution that requires appreciation, would create an unjust economic model that is not sustainable. Sharing of wealth should be concept to build not only a better company, but also a better society.

 

I read this years ago, but this book still left a great impression. Some might question if she is bias in her reporting. Well, this is a book on her journey, so there might be some subjective elements in it. This alone is not enough to lessen the story here, that society need to pay a bit more for the labor so that these people might survive.