None but the dissolute among the poor look upon the rich as their natural enemies, or desire to pillage their houses and divide their property.
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Try it risk-free Though highly controversial when first published 1860, John Ruskin's ''Unto this Last'' has become a classic and influential text on political economy.
This is a version of what we would now call fair wages.
Enforcing this, Ruskin argues, would lead to more equal work opportunities, a fairer distribution of wealth, and greater opportunities for individuals and families to improve their lives.
The effect of this, Ruskin argues, is that the average worker's wage goes down while powerful employers' profits rise.
This might sound familiar since this is a version of the argument still talked about today that, in an unrestrained capitalist economy, the rich will get ever richer while the poor will get ever poorer.
Unto this Last suggested what originally seemed a ridiculous alternative to this model: political powers, as in the government, employers, and individuals, should all ensure that workers doing the same work are paid the same for the same.
For example, all people mowing lawns would be paid for their labor, no matter what.