I agree with Breadloaf and Karkadinn. Also, I wanted to address this:
The proletariat will always be paid exactly enough to survive in their society, no more, no less, except in a failing state.
First of all, no it won't. Corporations (and some small business owners too) may be inhumane in their business practices, but there are
employers who are trying to be decent to their workers. Some people realize that there is quite a bit more to life than monetary profit. They compensate their workers fairly, and do not require unreasonable working hours or an excessive number or tasks and duties.
Every state has its underclass, that's true enough, but the size of the proletariat varies widely. In some countries, being a high school teacher will support a family of four quite comfortably. In others, it won't. If the middle class is pushed down to join the lower class in the ranks of the poor, the state becomes burdened by a high percentage of people who rely on governmental assistance to make ends meet.
The real problem is in the people who believe that survival is all that is necessary, and that if you can
survive working 90 hours a week for an incredibly low wage, you are being spoiled and irresponsible to complain about your lot. Living on $5 a day while working 8 hours for someone else's profit is miserable
. If you can barely afford rent (never mind health care), and working only to get by, going into debt to purchase a bit of extra comfort, education, and entertainment looks like a pretty necessary
thing to do. I'm not going to make guesses about your background, but I think you should, no matter where you come from, consider where others have started and where they want to go (and what stands in their way). It is the government's responsibility to provide means for them to get there, and regulating wages so that people can work a dead-end job and still feel satisfied with their life is part of that.
You are a blowfish.