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It sounds awful.) More Crows Than Eagles: Unnecessariat. A blogger from the Rust Belt reports on the increasing economic despair and frustration all around her, in the context of the recent spikes in heroin overdoses and suicides.
Silicon Valley isn’t exploiting these people, just ignoring them.In the spirit of all the crazy political compasses out there, maybe we can learn something by categorizing them: Including only people who think society should be in the business of collectively helping the poor at all (ie no extreme libertarians or social Darwinists) and people who are interested in something beyond de Boer’s nightmare scenario (ie not just making sure every identity group has an equal shot at the Wall Street positions).People seem to split into a competitive versus a cooperative view of poverty.Still, a lot of people on the ground – the anonymous blogger, the pathologists she worked with, and me from my position as a psychiatrist in the Midwest – feel like there’s a lot more misery and despair than the statistics suggest.MCTE replaces the old idea of the “precariat” – people who just barely have jobs and are worried about losing them – with her own coinage “unnecessariat” – people who don’t have jobs, are useless to the economy, and nobody cares what happens to them.The southeast corner is people who think that we’re all in this together, but that helping the poor is really hard.
They agree with the free school lunch crowd that capitalism is more the solution than the problem, and that we should think of this in terms of complicated impersonal social and educational factors preventing poor people from fitting into the economy.
The only thing such people have left is a howl of impotent rage, and it has a silly hairstyle and is named Donald J. Constant tally-keeping over what percent of obscenely rich exploitative Wall Street executives are people of color replaces the question of whether there should be obscenely rich exploitative Wall Street executives at all.
As such tendencies completely capture the Democratic Party and the country’s mainstream left, genuine economic anger becomes more likely to be funneled into the right wing, where the elites can dismiss it as probably-racist (often with justification) and ignore it.
If we held a communist revolution, it wouldn’t do a thing: you can’t hold a revolution against skill mismatch.
This is a very gloomy quadrant, and I don’t blame people for not wanting to be in it. The exploitation narrative seems fundamentally wrong to me – I’m not saying exploitation doesn’t happen, nor even that it isn’t common, just that isn’t not the major factor causing poverty and social decay.
QZ: The universal basic income is an idea whose time will never come. It argues that work is ennobling (or whatever), that robots probably aren’t stealing our jobs, that even if we’re going through a period of economic disruption we’ll probably adapt, and that “if the goal is eliminating poverty, it is better to direct public funds to [failing schools and substandard public services]” then to try a guaranteed income scheme.