This is not like unemployment in the past.
In my early 20s, I tried every sort of job for around 4 years or so.
I could always get another job – maybe not a great one – but I was never out of work for any long stretches.
That’s what’s different now – you can’t get another job and get back control of your own life no matter what you do.
Some employed people may be sympathetic to a degree, but they really don’t see it (and maybe don’t want to see it) for what it really is – the end of working and making a decent living, and the end of financial independence.
And you’re NOT going to get a job at Mac Donald’s or Target or the local supermarket because the Latinos etc already have it.
You’re NOT going to join the young baristas at Starbuck’s or the waiters and waitresses at Chili’s because all the college kids and recent graduates who can’t get good jobs anywhere else are already working there.
The low-end, low-pay jobs are all taken and the professional jobs are being given to cheaper foreign workers.
Is high tech’s current treatment of American STEM professionals just a pilot project for some future nation-wide screwing of nearly all American professional men and women?
I don’t know, but should anyone really be surprised if it is?
There’s only way that most people will wake up – when it happens to them when they lose their jobs and their incomes and lifestyles.
Then they’ll be shocked and outraged and demand that something be done.
But as long as it’s just 20-25 million of their fellow Americans including hundreds of thousands of displaced STEM professionals, who cares?
What’s that old saying?
When they came for all the others, I didn’t care because I didn’t know any of them, but by the time they came for me – there was nobody left to care.