LEXICON: Precariat?


Claire Wolfe
I have learned a new word: precariat
Monday, February 15th, 2016

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So yeah, “precariat” is an apt term for people like me and the growing number who live in the so-called “gig economy.”

Technically, to be in the precariat, you must also be in the proletariat: both insecure and low income. Without capital for building a real business. Selling your labor, piecemeal. Hey, I qualify again!

But what the heck. Life itself is precarious. And though the vast precariat lives on uncertainties, name me anybody who ultimately doesn’t. How many fabulously rich stock-market investors have taken spectacular falls? How many “secure” middle-class people have suddenly been rendered precarious by illness, addiction, divorce, accident, or government interference in their lives?

We are all members of the precariat as long as we’re still breathing.

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I would think that the “precariat” would be well situated for “tough times”.

Regardless of how much money you have, you have to think “worried”.

Growing up, I was always taught to “live below my means”. Unfortunately, it took me a while to learn that less0m.

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