The concept of job security has four different meanings, in increasing order of regulatory strength:
Employment ‘at will’ is the idea that a worker can quit at any time for good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all. Similarly the employer can fire any of the workers at any time for good reason, bad reason or no reason at all.
This is a post about chiselled features, courage under fire, and rugged individualism. Just kidding. It's a post about competitive markets. But yes, at the end of the day everything on this blog is about individual liberty, otherwise what's the point of it all?
If you want to run your own taxi service but you're too poor to be able to afford an actual taxi, then you just get two beat up old bicycles, tie them together with ribbon or elastic bands (whatever you have available), attach a platform for your passengers to sit on, and you're good to go.
This was going to be a post about freedom and liberty but then I realized that what people really want is power to equalize economic wealth. Do you want to be free, but poor, and powerless to boot? No, I didn't think so. Nobody wants to be forced to get on with their own life, free to do as they please, while elsewhere there are rich people spending money and being most infuriating. Forget liberty. Liberty is for the birds. Less inequality, more power, is what we want.
What's that? Children selling produce? In a food market? That's child labour! That's banned!
Rose Wilder Lane is surprising to the modern reader. She doesn't fit neatly into either of the opposing camps that we are by now accustomed to in the modern world: one comprising rich and greedy people who are utterly selfish and care nothing for the troubles of the poor; and the other comprising the righteous and the worthy who spend all their time wringing their hands in despair and bemoaning the excesses of capitalism.
Individualists were a species of people who roamed the earth long ago, when Rose Wilder Lane was writing. Today, they are of course banned.
What happens when we let untidy and chaotic markets fix wages?
The rising tide lifts all boats. In a market society, the economy grows, and everybody is better off than they were before. This means that the rich get richer, and the poor also get richer. Income inequality ceases to be viewed as a problem, because everyone sees that their lives are growing in abundance. That’s one view of the facts.