Builds Upon: Social Immunity
A common issue in affluent nations:
“The immigrants from poorer countries are taking our jobs and driving wages down.”
How might immigrants compete against locals and drive their wages down?
If the pay is so little that adult locals can’t survive on it, how could immigrants manage to do so when they too are faced with the high living expenses of an affluent nation?
Not only do these immigrants survive, they often have extra money to send back to their home countries.
Clearly the immigrants must thrive where the locals starve because they have more effective survival tactics.
They’re used to living in a land where the iron law of wages is set considerably lower. Thus even the scarcest wage in an affluent land is a considerable improvement over their usual options.
The immigrants succeed in playing a game of arbitrage switching from one society to the next as it suits their needs. By so doing, they are able to break the iron law that holds dominion over all classes and societies.
How does a sub-subsistence job in an affluent society become a source of wealth?
The iron law adjusts to the mandatory expenses of most workers.
Therefore: If one figures out how to eliminate expenses that are mandatory to everyone else, one can break the Law and get ahead.
Thus, two dollars are not equal. A dollar covered by the iron law is a non-existent dollar. It belongs not to the laborer but to the Law. It will disappear in exchange for survival.
Typically, we strive to earn a dollar beyond the requirements of the Law. This can only be done if one has a skill in high demand. By definition a skill is in high demand only if a few people have it.
Therefore: most people cannot have a skill high in demand. Most people will never in their lives possess a dollar.
There is another option. Instead of going beyond the Law, one can work outside of the Law and exploit its loopholes to the fullest.
This exactly what illegal immigrants in affluent societies manage to do.
How do they do it?
They establish public resources.
They share the cost of housing units between multiple people. They live off of collectively purchased food commodities instead of pre-packaged food products. They establish cohesive neighborhoods that offer an array of cheap services catering to their income bracket.
For the most part, they simply bring a microcosm of their home country with them. This microcosm turns out to be a safe bubble from where they can flout the iron law.
So busy are most locals protesting against these immigrants that they fail to perceive: There is a lesson to be learned.
Yet the immigrants benefit only so long as the locals blindly persist as individual earner drones who want their own private everything.
Otherwise the market would readjust and the newcomers would quickly lose their edge.