Happy workers’ day, by the way! Best wishes to those of us who are desperate to work but can’t because we are unnecessary. Or what do you call it? Non-essential.
If anybody is looking for something to read on the subject, I recommend Zygmunt Bauman’s Wasted Lives. Bauman explains that one the costs of modernity has always been the rendering of large numbers of people superfluous, unnecessary.
Traditionally, modernity dealt with this by expelling the unnecessary masses to the colonies. Places that are only now modernizing are still doing that. But those places that don’t have a physical locality where to put the unnecessary, “non-essential” people are coming up with other inventive ways of getting the “human refuse” out of the way.
It’s a short book, quite easy to read. And very pertinent.