Several years ago, I asked,
In an economy where some folks are very rich and many folks are unemployed, why are there not more personal servants?
Recently, someone pointed me to Umair Haque’s column from two years ago.
I’m going to call it a Servitude Bubble. For the simple reason that it is largely based on creating armies of servants. You can call them whatever buzzwords you like — “tech-enabled always-on super-hustling freelance personal brand capitalists”. But the truth is simpler. The stuff of the Servitude Bubble makes a small number of people something like neofeudal masters, lords with a corncucopia of on-demand just-in-time luxury services at their fingertips. But only by making a very large number of people glorified neo-servants…butlers, maids, chauffeurs, waiters, etcetera.
Dog walkers, Uber drivers, etc. My question was answered.
But it’s not just a few rich people with access to these services.