I didn’t think anyone took anything to heart as we are always missing something from other people’s perspective without purposeful neglect—at least for most of us, I think. We are probably all associating the social/political/economic ideas of reality with pure science. At least we are hopelessly wishing that certainty in these areas can actually materialize. I don’t think, as yet, that a solution can be certified scientifically for social studies. The most we can hope for in our present and future situations is to just continue playing the game until we find some means to satisfy some way to assure absolutely everyone is treated fairly in the game of life. For now, we have to accept all various social ideologies as necessarily incomplete.
And yeah, it was legal to hire underage people. It was perceived by that provinces government at the time as similar to what some have mentioned that those jobs were transitional. Another interesting experiment that happened here in Saskatchewan a little after that time was that a law was proposed and actually passed to assure that all babysitters be considered official job positions that required parents to pay the minimum wage. It was only overthrown due to the public outcry from parents. I kind of find it weird that both parents go out to work to expect a good wage while leaving their most prized ‘possessions’ (their children) to have workers who should be expected to accept a much less worthy income. Isn’t that kind of like slavery? Or is it just another ‘first’ job that one should accept without complaining? I don’t know.
We lost or never really had such traditional cafe’s as you had there, in the States. I loved going across to Seattle just to experience those local venues in rebuilt train cars. Here in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, we are getting the brunt of the major business or economic experiments of all of North America. We are a test market because we are between a town and a city (half a million) and big business has virtually robbed all of our smaller outlets in certain economic areas. Recently, Loblaws announced that they purchased Shopper’s Drug Mart, both of which had since stolen the total market in most areas. (There are no more private drug stores that I’m aware of and only the odd corner store scattered around here and there.)
This take-over is so extraordinarily bad for us, and most people here don’t complain, which is frustrating. They just live with it and think that since there are no media outbursts with these things, that the majority of people are accepting of these changes. It is virtually illegal to smoke here now as the last laws a year or so ago banned tobacco product from being sold through drug stores, and get this, through any building that is connected or associated with a drugstore within it. It automatically made all malls unable to sell tobacco products. On top of that, we dropped all rental protections we recently had before to allow landlords to charge any rate without limit. It has cause our rents to skyrocket to unbelievable proportions. From an average of $400/mth rental of a two bedroom suite in the 90s to $1200, average minimum with exception (though not much) of a small unfavorable location in the city. (The birth of the ghetto, here) Because of these absolute abandonment of legal protection for renters, and due to the fact that owners want to preserve the nature of their places in mint condition as you came into it (I guess they don’t think depreciation is a natural phenomena), it is also virtually illegal to smoke, or even have allowance for certain natural behaviors that they themselves get to enjoy (like partying or whatever.)
Then to top it off, the federal government (conservative) decided to open our borders with extremely added incentives to encourage the rest of the world to come here fast! Within only a few summer months last year, we increased our population to and extra 40,000 people!! That added to our lack of housing and encouraged the rents to go up that much further. It is absolutely impossible for someone living on a minimum wage here to actually even expect to live alone. It is just as bad for someone making an average $30, 000/yr who requires at least a two bedroom dwelling. $1200x12 = $14,400/yr on rent alone!
In regards to the big stores, since they have gone over to electronic tagging with capacity of instant price changing, there is no such thing as predicting the price of anything anymore with a specific number. Coffee, for example, ranges between $6.00/(av. 900g) to $15.00 just for the No Name or generic versions by the minute or the hour. And the fact that they also have those apparent benefit cards for every store now, there clear function is to collect data to know what who buys and when. This is an absolutely ridiculous unnatural advantage that the corporations have over us now. And now, supply and demand is totally ineffective because the weight of advantage necessarily far outweighs any individual possibility to make a rational competitive decision. The have now limited products that are both sufficiently available and in high demand. Continuing with the coffee example, they’ve limited the most favored No Name brand of coffee from variations in strength to only ‘medium’ right across the city. And once they officially take over those drugstores that are mostly next-door to their very own grocery outlets, this will make what little competition that existed between the stores be lost. And with those benefit cards which lost all sensible return values since their inceptions, they also inadvertently have an indirect access to all people’s prescription information as these things are automatically added to your membership cards as points. Even if they legally are not allowed to directly access this, all it takes is comparing receipt times that are recorded automatically to the matching times those points are added to one’s membership card.
If anybody dares say now that the free market system is still fair and viable, at least here it is not anymore. Like those trading corporations that build their computer access and program centers next door to the NYSE, they have an absolute certainty of profit permanently by merely technology alone. Can you imagine how that guaranteed source of income would come in handy for governments should they make them mandatorily owned by the State? See my comment at the Toronto Star.