also i suppose in an age when a lot of proletarian labour has been outsourced1 and there’s a large shift in the national job market to more “”professional”” careers which require a degree, and for which people expect to be paid more, but by keeping the idea alive that our culture isn’t looking to make large purchases like houses or cars, it helps capitalists keep wages lower
1i wonder if outsourcing labour is another method of keeping organised labour from having any strength
let’s not forget that “outsourcing” also (a) helps dredge up the reserve army of unemployed workers that capital depends on to function and (b) contributes to the ideological fantasy that we live in a post-industrial society where problems like worker exploitation “don’t matter” because they don’t exist because we don’t see them because the site of production has moved
also the professional career job market is really stratified, more than it was b4 the 08 crash. i mean there was a significant redistribution of wealth in which the elite financial classes MADE trillions of dollars while the majority of american workers lost billions. this has created a scenario where there are two types of jobs: really high paying that your sorry ass cant get, and really low paying. for ex right now i am looking for entry level positions and there are thousands of jobs in upper management open, not enough ppl to fill them.
other trends: half of all american jobs pay less than 35k, the rise in unpaid internships and things like that, and the increase in feminized affective labor. the biggest growing professions accessible to non-elite workers are care work categories and precarious service jobs. this is why the rhetoric of milleanials are feminized bothers me so much. they are feminized and women have an ‘easier’ time in the job market because all the coded masculine jobs have disappeared and now employers only want to pay ppl shit wages for doing work that alienates you from your own body or emotions ie gendered labor. furthermore the historical labor patterns affecting WOC are more widespread now, with more white ladies entering the workforce because they are the ideal employees for these positions. its led to a lot of liberal media suggesting this is a brand new era for women, where men are disempowered and we run the world, but looking at what types of jobs these are and the basic protections still denied in gendered occupations should shatter that little liberal fantasy.