…t my McDonald’s, who worked two jobs to support his family, totaling out to around 80 hours a week. He would see this as a sign of strength. He would brag about how little sleep he got and how many more hours he was working than the rest of us, never appearing to acknowledge the fact that it was insane and inhumane for him to have to do all this just to keep his family fed. In America, people take their systemic exploitation and spin it into a narrative about their personal endurance.
Unfortunately, this is true for many countries, not just America. The sentence "you can do it because you're still young" is one of the most toxic talking points I've ever heard from the working class.
Great essay, Matt.