Survival of the Fittest

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. 

6 thoughts on “Survival of the Fittest”

  1. Considering the indifference/glee with which much of the professional classes greeted the gutting of the working classes the pro’s are gonna be all by their lonesomes.

    Class solidarity is one thing but solidarity across classes is just as important (and unlikely to happen in the US)


      1. “Proles”???

        Are you referring to the “proletariat,” the lowest scum in any Marxist society? In that case, better check the map while you’re getting your citizenship. You’re exactly 5,000 miles too far west to be using terms like that.

        But if you made a typo and intended to type, “profies,” meaning the advanced-degree cretins who had behind their Ph.D.s and their ivy-towered tenure at many American universities, I couldn’t agree with you more. 🙂


        1. I’m quoting George Orwell’s novel 1984:

          “So long as they (the Proles) continued to work and breed, their other activities were without importance. Left to themselves, like cattle turned loose upon the plains of Argentina, they had reverted to a style of life that appeared to be natural to them, a sort of ancestral pattern…Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.”


  2. An old joke has an Oxford professor meeting an American former graduate student and asking him what he’s working on these days.

    “My thesis is on the survival of the class system in the United States.”

    “Oh really, that’s interesting: one didn’t think there was a class system in the United States.”

    ‘Nobody does. That’s how it survives.”


  3. The latest example in liquid capital:

    // Chairman of the Histadrut Labor Federation Avi Nissenkorn announced Friday morning that a general strike planned for Sunday in solidarity with the thousands of workers being laid off by the Teva Pharmaceuticals company will not include Israel’s train or public transport.

    // Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. will relocate or shut down most of its manufacturing operations in Israel … The company’s plans in Israel are part of the wider global restructuring strategy announced by the company late November.

    the company has decided to let go over half of its Israeli workforce, cutting 3,300 jobs out of 6,430 in the country.

    For long years hailed as the flagship of Israeli innovation and global business ambitions, the plan sketched by the company marks a clear shift in the company’s policy when it comes to domestic operations.

    One of the most outspoken critics against the company’s cost-cutting plans in 2013 was Israeli Labor party politician Shelly Yachimovich, who demanded at the time that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu call Mr. Levine and forbid him from cutting jobs in the country. She stated at the time that Israel lets Teva enjoy tax benefits specifically “in order to create jobs.”,7340,L-3727309,00.html


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