Builds Upon: The Illusion of Higher Standards of Living
In an industrialized nation the single biggest expense is simply having a place to stay. One could have a huge advantage over the iron law of wages if one could do without this expense. However, residences of any kind are expensive in part because very few people are able or willing to go without them. Plus demand causes the price of any residence near anything desirable to skyrocket.
In every country there are homeless people, but anyone can see that most of them are much worse off than even the laborer peasants. They are unable/unwilling to pay Social Participation Tax. They are generally socially shunned and are banned from indoors areas.
In industrialized societies being homeless is especially bad because without a place of residence, finding employment is impossible.
What do we get from residences that we need for employment and paying the SPT?
When people speak of the homeless, properties such as ‘dirty’ or ‘smelly’ are among the first to be mentioned.
Clearly one of the main divides between a homeless person and the rest of society is lack of personal hygiene.
How do most people maintain socially acceptable hygiene?
Residences generally have a bath or shower.
Only residences typically have a bath or shower. Without that bath or shower social participation quickly becomes impossible. Therefore one is forced to buy a whole residence to get a shower.
Thus if one wanted to break the iron law by circumventing standard residence options, one must find an alternate way to achieve acceptable hygiene without the standard residence.
A group of people absconding from exorbitant residence costs could possibly support a public bath or showers. Such resources have been readily available in any number of civilizations across time and place. They just happen to not be available in our society. This hardly comes as a surprise since:
public resources tend to disappear as private wealth increases.
The iron law adjusts to its clientele.
In North America, there is a type of business that still offers a public resource. It’s called a laundromat.
At least I think they still exist because those that remain are few and far between. One doesn’t see them often in good neighborhoods. Predictably, only by lower end apartments or neighborhoods, or in dense urban areas.
Unfortunately the relatively prosperous character of industrial society prevents these places from being a good deal. Except in the biggest cities most people are going to pay the money and time to drive to the laundromat. Once there, the cost of washing the clothing is not trivial. It’s not a lot of money for each individual load, but it’s something that must be done often. It adds up quickly.
The cost of using a public washing machine is probably comparable to actually owning one privately and paying the utility bills associated with its use.
This is an example of how overall public prosperity makes existing public resources cost ineffective while a less prosperous society compresses the cost of services.
Obviously, spontaneously arising services are inefficient and unsuited to the needs of Lawbreakers. For an optimal solution, there must be something deliberate about it. The Lawbreakers themselves must arrange minimal public solutions for their needs.
That is, they would provide themselves with ‘free’ public services financed through a collective pool.
Where does this pool of cash come from? The lavish wages of living outside the Law, of course. One possibility begets the other.
Where there’s super-subsistence income, investment, escape from liquidity becomes possible.
A sort of inertia is achieved through the transition from tokens of exchange to actual assets.
The accumulation of resources that passively generate wealth has the potential to destroy even the necessity of wages, with the result of social immunity for the organized Lawbreakers.