We have spent so long making the means of agriculture, manufacture and administration easier, and capitalism has spent so long reducing the workforce by perfecting processes, that we don’t need everybody to work any more. Once you stop and think about it, it makes perfect sense, and it’s almost impossible to understand why people still pursue full employment.
I’m certain that our politicians know that not everyone needs to work, but of course none are honest enough to admit it and instead get political capital by bashing the workless. The biggest challenge will be to accept this, as a society, and find useful ways for people to fill their time – without those who dislike work but do it, resenting those who don’t work.
Perhaps Mick Farren has it right; in Exit Funtopia he predicts a future where people are given an allowance and left to enjoy their hobbies, however strange.
“We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest,” said Buckminster Fuller in a New York Magazine interview in 1970, “The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors.”
Find the way to earn the minimum you need, and use your efforts to do something you think is worthwhile.