A few months ago I read this article on Recruiting the New Labor Force, and literally felt sick to my stomach when I finished. Toward the end of the article, I read this sentence:
“Politics aside, what this means financially is that rising unemployment, combined with lopsided wealth distribution, creates a new labor supply that can be organized and routed, to pair those with extra time with those who have disposable income.”
The commenters on the article seemed to agree heartily with the writer, that in future there will be a vast, untapped marketplace of workers with “extra time,” who are willing to work for very low wages to do tasks and errands that the wealthy (read, gainfully employed) no longer want to be bothered with. This isn’t really a new idea, as I seem to recall, in the not so distant past these people were called servants and they at least got room and board, even if the wages were low.