If minimum wage kept up with production since 1968 it would have been at $21.72 an hour in 2012. Are you sure this isn’t class war?
One thing I highly dislike about rightist rhetoric on leftist ideology is their focus upon on society vs individuality, but I would like to note that believing in a collective is not in opposition to individuality. The very fact that we are in constact contact with each other, have language, have knowledge, it is proof that we think with one another from the wisdom of our ancestors. It is the recognition that without the tools of the past, we would not have the society we have today, so we must continue building upon this. Free education to help us all come to an understanding and build upon the societies of our history, free healthcare to insure that each person is not burdened with the pain of existence and harsh realities of biology that we have all worked together to end, and free necessities because we did not choose to exist, but we have the ability to provide for one another. It is after this point that we are individuals, and it is most ethical to do so.