Does a Low Minimum Wage Lead to Terrorism?

A future terrorist?San Diego Union-Tribune/ZUMA Press

Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.


Corrina Robinson, a 25-year armed forces veteran who is running for Congress in South Dakota, won’t officially announce her candidacy until Veterans Day. But she’s already honing her pitch before local Democratic gatherings.

She could use the practice. In remarks she made at a county Democrats dinner, Robinson, who recently left an anti-terrorism job with the Pentagon, suggested that a failure to raise the minimum wage will cause poor South Dakotans to start joining terrorist groups:

“I knew first-hand that we could get on top of a lot of issues with minimum wage, so people can get jobs, so they don’t have to commit crimes, so they don’t have to get into terrorist groups,” she said, describing why she was running for Congress.

Robinson is correct that raising the minimum wage has been shown to reduce violent crime. But prevent domestic terrorism? She might want to take the time between now and Veterans Day to readjust to civilian life.

ONE MORE QUICK THING:

Or at least we hope. It’s fall fundraising time, and we’re trying to raise $250,000 to help fund Mother Jones’ journalism during a shorter than normal three-week push.

If you’re reading this, a fundraising pitch at the bottom of an article, you must find our team’s reporting valuable and we hope you’ll consider supporting it with a donation of any amount right now if you can.

It’s really that simple. But if you’d like to read a bit more, our membership lead, Brian Hiatt, has a post for you highlighting some of our newsroom's impressive, impactful work of late—including two big investigations in just one day and covering voting rights the way it needs to be done—that we hope you'll agree is worth supporting.

payment methods

ONE MORE QUICK THING:

Or at least we hope. It’s fall fundraising time, and we’re trying to raise $250,000 to help fund Mother Jones’ journalism during a shorter than normal three-week push.

If you’re reading this, a fundraising pitch at the bottom of an article, you must find our team’s reporting valuable and we hope you’ll consider supporting it with a donation of any amount right now if you can.

It’s really that simple. But if you’d like to read a bit more, our membership lead, Brian Hiatt, has a post for you highlighting some of our newsroom's impressive, impactful work of late—including two big investigations in just one day and covering voting rights the way it needs to be done—that we hope you’ll agree is worth supporting.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate