Everyone in Silicon Valley is focused on building the future, Mr. Harari continued, while most of the world’s people are not even needed enough to be exploited. “Now you increasingly feel that there are all these elites that just don’t need me,” he said. “And it’s much worse to be irrelevant than to be exploited.”
It is becoming less clear why the ruling elite would not just kill the new useless class. “You’re totally expendable,” he told the audience.
Because they haven’t yet completely persuaded themselves that the useless class consists of the bigoted Nazi types who want to destroy everything good in the world. They are still at the stage of creating that narrative.
This Harari fellow is simply retelling what much smarter people said long before him (Sennett, in particular) but people are responding because it rings true.
We hear a lot about “replacement fears” these days. This is their origin. They are hardly crazy.