Do the long-term unemployed in Britain today have any real right to continue to exist as they are, as fickle, lazy, work shy, miserable ragamuffins seemingly laughing heartily in the face of every hard-working man and woman in the country? In the strict sense of the word I would say, “No!” But this if only that such blatantly ignorant, unproductive and socially irrelevant people if unable to support and maintain themselves are, as such, economically redundant unproductive units of insignificant, spineless antisocial protoplasm – indeed, they are a complete waste of living-space in any decent, law abiding society.
This is not because I would condemn the long-term unemployed out of hand for being continually unemployed in a society where a currently up to date employment history (with curriculum vitae attached) is “de rigueur” for gaining wothwhile long-term employment of any kind, or they remain unemployable. And which “state of affairs” in this country is inevitably the rigorous social norm, or is especially enforced by an ordered, bureaucratic, regulated system of paid employment. No, I would not condemn them for failing to fulfil that viciously draconian requirement of the job market. But I would condemn the long-term unemployed of today outright purely and deliberately for knowingly and wilfully being recalcitrant unproductive economic and social units of the British economy. And then for being so easily able to live with it as well, just so long as the various State benefits just keep on rolling into their basic bank accounts every payday, regular as clockwork.
Personal productivity in our fast paced, technologically advanced modern world means a person being able to look after himself or herself as a self-aware, self-motivated, self-reliant social unit in society. It does not mean then that any naturally useless, inherently worthless long-term unemployed person is also necessarily utterly and totally meaningless, or necessarily has no real meaning. The naturally drab, sanguine, dull, lacklustre, useless, or economically and socially unproductive long-term unemployed person indeed has a very real meaning: to be unproductive at the expense of the society he or she lives in, survives within, or inhabits as a virulent parasitical growth upon the body politick. This is the sheer, raw, intensely personal meaning of the lack of moral and spiritual meaning and purpose to his or her life that a long-term unemployed person has to contend with in Britain today.
The Marxists had a nice, neat, even polite word for the long-term unemployed, these economically unproductive, antisocial individuals exiled from decent society – Lumpenproletariot, they called them. Characteristically lumping them all together in one saggy, wrinkled under-bottom of social classification, or, for convenience – an underclass. Although they did not include the upper classes in this decidedly dodgy class-ridden definition of lazy, lacklustre, good for nothing, low-life scum – an almost criminalized “outsider” group of lackadaisical unemployables. In effect, the Marxists expected the upper classes to look after themselves at the expense of the social underdog, clasping political and economic power tightly to themselves as they went (and the upper classes weren’t wrong in that, only being crass, mean, and opinionated over it, as usual). No, the long term unemployed in this country are a long way towards being classified as being a classic case of Lumpenproletariotism, and especially if they cannot and have not ever done any useful, productive work in their entire lives. In fact, I would go so far as to say that they have not, and probably never had, and probably never will have, any practical understanding or appreciation of the work ethic, as amazing as that sounds to some.
How then would it be possible to totally eradicate the long-term unemployed, these basically underemployed, basically unemployable, basically totally irrelevant, socially-naïve persons of ill repute from the face of the planet in a decent, law abiding, humane way? This is the stark social dilemma which confronts modern British society today. Of course, idealistically speaking, this is not a very practical thing to do anyway, as even those in receipt of any form of Government State benefit, of any kind (be it a service, a utility, a product, or (perhaps more relevantly) any regular benefit-based payment from out of the Welfare State’s enormously bureaucratic benefits system), can be questioned as to their inherent social usefulness as and when they receive it if they have not already “paid into the pot” on a regular basis to help pay for it.
No, the question of what exactly to do about the long-term unemployed remains a nagging problematic quandary, an irritating social conundrum to the average working person, working hard every day for his or her well-earned crust of bread. Even if these hard working people themselves, in their desperate desire and fawning need for work itself (if only to massage their grossly enlarged egos), are as a result often being exploited in a myriad of different ways. In turn, inevitably, they are being imposed upon every day in a myriad of subtle ways, by those who best know how to exploit, use, and manipulate that very basic desire of ordinary, hard-working people to be socially useful, productive, wage-earning, morally motivated human beings. Ordinary people of average intelligence who are driven to work every day, solely by the driving need to improve their own desperate economic position and to maintain their essential social prestige.
Of course, purely as an economically necessary result of this, some say that for doing so these ordinary, hard working people are merely bonded wage slaves: working like mules for a pittance and performing tricks for their economic masters’ continual amusement. I say that, as they have nothing better to do with their time, this state of affairs of being mere employees is their natural position in life anyway. In this society this sort of ordinary, average, workaday people are paid their due for what they can do (even if in reality it is only a mere pittance), and that is all they can expect for working hard in this society, their due – nothing more, nothing less.
But then that is another matter (one of cold, hard economic necessity maybe), for we are still left with the question of what to do with these scruffy, no-good, lazy, lacklustre, lackadaisical, down-trodden, ostracised social misfits, these great supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellies, the long-term unemployed. And especially with those sad, virtually “institutionalised” ones whom just will not do any work at all, and do it all day long, every day. They being caught as they are, much like confused laboratory rats in the maze of a increasingly depressing social and economic cycle, and then never ever even cared enough about it all to try to get a real, decent job in the first place.
Thus, these scruffy social miscreants with no apparent social or economic use whatsoever, these mealy-mouthed, socially unproductive economic units lacking even the basic desire to work to produce something of economic value to the world (but then still with the insatiable desire to consume what they have not produced), must face being systematically eradicated from the face of the earth by the society they have so blatantly scorned and that has so deservedly rejected them in turn. For them the Government says that they must “go to work” in a steady, socially productive manner (to perform the regular, daily work-task of full-time employment in imitation of, if not in mockery of, the essentially liberating work ethic of hard working workers), or face being expunged from decent society, utterly condemned and ostracized for their pursuit of an indecent, morally obscene lifestyle.
Yes, the Government says these socially uncooperative individuals must join the intrepid British workforce in working for a crust of bread, and not be left alone to be thrown it like a mangy dog would a bone by its master. This is the truly Herculean task that has been appointed by the Government for the Jobcentres to accomplish, and is one that is apparently slightly easier to accomplish that getting a corpse to get up and go to work every day to earn his or her daily bread. Then, apparently, when this task has been done, these unemployable social misfits (probably laughing uproariously at our well-meaning efforts to utterly expunged them with impunity from the antisocial unemployment regime they live under), should also have the good grace to accept the plans which the Government has for them without making the least possible fuss about it as well, or ideally at least.
But it is not all negativity, it is not that (in their sublimely surprising sanguine state of vegetate existence where all the amenities for existing have been provided for them – gratis) they do not present a lucrative market niche in the ever-growing social and welfare amenities and educational and training facilities market that caters for them. In fact, the long-term unemployed represent a burgeoning business opportunity in this burgeoning area of social enterprise to provide social welfare facilities that, in itself, is a nice profitable market niche. Which is an opportunity for those in big business to create work out of, and so exploit and profit out of these useless social misfits’ uncomfortable social and economic position. This the Government knows well enough already. At least in this way they can still be economically useful units of profit bearing potential, and so contribute to the overall economic recovery as they do so.
No, despite this, despite even this capacity of the long-term unemployed to create jobs and employment opportunities for others (in the employment education and welfare administration field) to help them find work in the job market, these disgracefully unemployable social misfits, these local Jobcentre rejects, these barking-mad, back-biting mutts fed and kennelled by the Department of Works and Pensions, must be completely and utterly eradicated from the face of the planet. If only it is purely for reasons of good taste and ethical decency, and not sheer economic necessity. Yes, eradicated if not by others around them more used to working hard, long hours for a living hired to do so by the Government, then certainly by themselves alone – expunged from the inside out and consumed from within. Indeed, who in his right mind, in effect, would ever want to be, “One of them!” or be singled out as “social pariahs” by society and its various Government bodies in the first place?
Without doubt, these utterly useless, antisocial individuals, the long-term unemployed in Britain today, must be destroyed, condemned, expelled, extracted, excised, or, in effect, eradicated from society. In short, the present Government considers that they must be made to pay through the nose for what they do and how they are, and not anymore ever be allowed to require society pay to support their dodgy, unproductive lifestyle at the expense of the average hard working man or woman in the street.
Ideally, they must be marked out for what they are, preferably by their own inner knowledge of themselves as being nothing else other than totally useless and meaningless nonentities, marked out as being purely unproductive economic and social units in a necessarily economically productive and socially meaningful society. And then, as an added bonus to those working all day, day in, day out, for small financial gain just for something constructive and socially meaningful to do with themselves (and watching what occurs for a leisure and recreational activity), to be eradicated, expunged, excised, or otherwise extirpated from good, decent society as painfully and publicly as possible. This mainly just to teach the long-term unemployed this one hard economic and social lesson in life and which they had better not forget: That there is no such thing as a free meal in the real world.