The Daily Kos has the story Why are people in America paid so poorly?.
The logic of the market is not to pay people what they deserve. It’s not to pay people what would make a better life for them. It’s to pay the absolute minimum that you can get away with.
Another good article that analyzes what is wrong and provides examples where it is better. As expected, finding a viable solution is another matter entirely.
Thanks to Jane Switchenko for posting this on her Facebook page.