Forget about the rich and famous folks. I couldn’t care less about their careers. Think more in the direction of the increasing scarcity of good white-collar jobs. The blue-collar workers have already experienced the evisceration of their professions by liquid capital. Now it’s time for white-collar/professional/creative classes to experience this.
Do we need any evidence that real jobs in the white-collar world are becoming scarce? Unpaid internships that you need to pay to get, the collapse of the academic job market that gets worse as the economy gets better, etc.
Working classes internalize harm. They respond to hurt and pain that liquid capital inflicts on them by, first and foremost, self-harming. It’s easier for them to believe the neoliberal narrative that they fail because something is wrong with them. So they self-punish and self-destruct.
Creative and professional classes have better defenses against this. They externalize the harm. It’s not “I failed because I’m inferior” but “he failed / needs to fail / because he’s inferior, evil and horrible.”
Conclusion: prepare for epic battles as professional classes fight for survival on the rapidly shrinking professional arena.
I went on a forum where job seekers discuss the academic job market in languages. And the mechanism is always the same. The moment somebody is rumored to have gotten a job, there’s a flare-up of the most outlandish accusations against that person.
Neoliberalism has mechanisms in place that obscure what it really does in order to preserve the consensus that neoliberalism is good and has to remain in existence. This is one of them.