The article on the new servant class was enough to stop us in our tracks. For those who might have missed it, the article details how the new economy is creating more and more service jobs for the wealthy. The term for these new servants is the innocuous-sounding and inappropriately named, wealth worker- which has a much nicer ring to it than Serf, Wench or Manservant. It seems that now instead of creating living-wage jobs, one that can afford someone to make a living; we are now creating life-support jobs, positions that allow us to just barely survive with hardly any chance of having any savings let alone retiring. While these “wealth-workers” may have some perks such as a flexible schedule it allows their bosses to avoid laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act, which regulates minimum wage and overtime pay they also provide no job security or benefits. Indeed they are fully dependent on the loving grace of their employers who may not be bound by rules of civility and their ability to continue to afford to have hired humans to do their bidding.
As if this was not a concerning enough trend, eyebrows were also raised by the appearance of an article suggesting that we may need to “readjust” the way we pay workers in this country. It seems that with more than 75% of people are living paycheck to paycheck it seems that paying workers more frequently would alleviate the pain of this issue. Heaven forbid that we pay people more money or even a wage that would allow them to get by without the $30 billion dollars that are lent out in payday loans. No- Clearly this is madness. We should create the universal basic income so that every man woman and child can receive the blessings of taxes on technology so that we can continue to support a system intent on grinding most us beneath the wheel. While there are those who will wring their hands and sob that that perhaps the rich could survive on possibly less than oh, say the 4 Million dollars the Walton family (of Walmart Fame) make every hour truly do not understand the pain of living with last weeks fleet of private jets. Yes, as F Scott Fitzgerald said, the rich are different and we should be grateful for the crumbs from the table and smile as they sweep them up with the dustpan and broom.