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Paradoxes of Capitalism Quiz-for-Thought
Assigning numeric prices to things has its perks, but it also introduces some nasty moral paradoxes. Which answer will you choose?
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You have one scholarship to give to one student for a high-quality university education. Who do you give it to?
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You are a small business owner with two employees. You pay your employees by the hour. Both of your employees work equally hard, but one finishes faster and therefore ends up working fewer hours. Who should be paid more per week, total?
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Same question, but this time you pay your two employees with a set weekly salary. Who should get the higher salary?
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Same question: You once again pay your two employees by-the-hour, but this time, they each work the same number of hours per week. Who should take home more money at the end of the week?
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You are one of two employees at a small business, employed by the owner. You are paid by the hour, and you work a set number of hours each day and each week. How fast should you work?
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Same question: You are one of two employees at a small business, employed by the owner. This time, you are paid a set weekly salary. You can set your own hours, as long as you meet the weekly goals for the business that your boss sets. How much do you work, and how hard?
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Would you prefer to work as a salaried employee or a waged employee?
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You are a contract worker being paid piecemeal for the completion of certain tasks. You are paid a set amount after each task is complete. You get to pick your tasks from a bounty website, where some tasks pay more than others. How do you work?
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You are a contract worker who is paid by the hour. You can set your own hours and invoice your client (boss) for whatever number of hours you want. Your client has a large budget and will pay whatever invoice you send them. How do you work?
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You are a contract worker who is paid by the job. Two clients ask you for a price quote on the same task. One client has a large budget, and would be willing to pay more, and the other client has a much smaller budget, but can still afford your usual price for the service. What price do you quote them?
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You are a contract worker who is paid by the job. A respectable, humanitarian charity comes to you and asks for your help with a task. Will you offer them free or discounted services?
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You are the CEO of a respectable humanitarian charity. All donations go directly to buying food for those who can't afford food themselves. Who pays your salary?
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You are a paid fundraiser for a respectable humanitarian charity. I am a paid fundraiser for a different respectable charity. Would you please donate to my charity? If you do, I will also donate to your charity.
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You are part of a respectable religious charity whose mission includes feeding everyone in the whole world, with their own hands and crops if necessary. You already volunteer once a week at their community kitchen, but you want to do more. What do you do?
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You are the CEO of this respectable religious charity. What policy do you set on how funds will be deployed?
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You are hungry and have no food and no money. If you volunteer at the local community kitchen, they will feed you dinner. How much are they paying you per hour?
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You are jobless and homeless. The government offers you free housing and unemployment benefits in the form of a small monthly income. Do you work for the government now?
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You are self-employed as a contractor. This means that you employ yourself by completing contract jobs for other people. Are these clients also your employer?
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You are a self-employed contractor. Are you your own boss?
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Same question: You are a self-employed contractor. Are you your own employee?
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You own and run a small-but-growing business as the sole proprietor. How do you pay yourself out of your business revenues?
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You are a self-employed small business owner. You go out to lunch and check a few emails on your phone while you wait for the food to arrive. Is this lunch a business expense?
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You are employed by a large, established corporation in a lucrative field. You go out to lunch and check a few emails. Is your lunch a business expense now?
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You work for a large tech company and they have a terrific cafeteria with healthy, chef-prepared, all-you-can-eat local organic food. Who is paying for your lunch?
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You spot a $100 bill on the ground as you are walking with your two friends. Who should keep the money?
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