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Minimum Wage Discussion

 "Capitalism Vs. Socialism." Where did this divide begin? How and why is there a divide on how to divide resources? John Green and John Locke help us consider the following questions:  Is capitalist competition good/ natural? Or Should there systems in place to check "it" for the common good?

Discussion prompts for the Chalk Talk:

1. The rich (1%) should be taxed at 91%, like in the Eisenhower years.

2. In order for democracy to work, people need access to more affordable higher education

3. Globalization is bad for American jobs.

4. Democracy has been replaced with plutocracy in America.

5. Wages should be increased to $11/hour


These questions and prompts will guide you as you move closer to determining your own personal stance on this issue considering wages. Investigating these concerns is the first prompt in the process towards this discussion. We will look at wages as the vehicle to create change in the Capitalist System. On this page you will access links suggested by the film we watched, Inequality for All.  Peruse these links for background information.  Once you are done, you will formulate your stance/position on the topic and proceed to research to find evidence to support your stance/position.  

John Green's Capitalism and Socialism: Crash Course World History

From the NY Times: "A New Report Argues Inequality Is Causing Slower Growth. Here’s Why It Matters"

Report from S & P's Global Credit Portal: "How Increasing Income Inequality Is Dampening U.S. Economic Growth, And Possible Ways To Change The Tide""

Discussion Guide and Notes Organizer

Potential Resources for Research

The following databases focus on exploring varying viewpoints on controversial topics- such as the minimum wage dispute.  Consider starting your research with these databases.