I use that expression as an indictment of policies intended to raise the incomes of unskilled workers that induce inventors to create ever more effective robots.

To me, that's a bug.  Jeffrey A. Tucker offers evidence that to the self-styled progressives of a century ago, rendering unproductive people unemployable was the goal.
But the minimum wage is in a special category because, these days, its effects are so little understood. One hundred years ago, legislating a price floor on wages was a policy deliberately conceived to impoverish the lower classes and the undesirables, and thereby to disincentivize their reproduction. A polite gulag.

As time went on, the blood lust of the eugenics movement died down, but the persistence of its minimum wage policies did not. A national minimum wage passed in 1931 with the Davis-Bacon Act. It required that firms receiving federal contracts pay prevailing wages, which meant union wages, a principle that later became a national minimum wage.

Speeches in support of the law were explicit about the fear that black workers were undercutting the demands of white-only unions. The minimum wage was a fix: it made it impossible to work for less.
His article relies heavily on a Journal of Economic Perspectives essay by Princeton's Thomas C. Leonard. Much in that essay to digest.

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