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What is a sliding scale?

In our society shaped by capitalism, access to resources and the value placed upon individuals are determined by various factors such as race, perceived gender identity, disability/ability, immigration status, and primary language, among others. It’s important to recognize that income alone doesn’t dictate financial capacity; factors like caregiving responsibilities, access to generational wealth, and costs related to disabilities also influence one’s relationship with money. A sliding scale system is implemented to promote fair payment according to individual means. Those with greater financial means contribute more, enabling those with fewer resources to pay what they can afford. This approach ensures the sustainability of services while maximizing accessibility.

How do I determine what to pay?

The Green Bottle chart below illustrates different levels of financial privilege and experiences. Please refer to it to assess your capacity to contribute. See below for image description.

 

Why might I feel uneasy about this?

Capitalism often instills shame to deter actions that challenge its structures. It’s essential to recognize and resist this dynamic. If you’re in a position to contribute less to Wildwood Wisdom, please do so without hesitation. As Britt Hawthorne emphasizes, poverty is a construct perpetuated by governments and employers; it’s not a reflection of personal character or effort. Conversely, if you’re able to contribute more, consider it an act of solidarity and a rejection of the privileges afforded by racial capitalism. Your additional investment will support subsidizing lower-level purchases, compensating contributors, and sponsoring educational initiatives.

 

(description adapted from the Radical History Club)