Strangely enough work became something utmost attractive for our social status. If we would be able to tell this to the ancient Greeks or not so long ago to a Russian or English aristocrat of the 19th century, they would think that we are crazy.
Working we feel superior. Those felt superior not working.
They did not want to work – even if we would have paid them. Instead they were involved in more important things in life. The Russian aristocrat enjoyed his leisure time while administrating his wealth and keeping an influence in political matters and military interests, the Greek citizen was busy negotiating the matters of the polis.
When we refer so blindly euphemistic to every task as work, we forget that nowadays everything that is paid is called work – the janitor as much as the doctor work. Among the different fields of work we find all kinds of tasks that the ancient Greeks would have never called work, but politics. On the other hand we find many tasks that the ancient Greeks would have consigned to slaves, but we expect that someone who works enjoys his or her work, that someone who cleans the streets enjoys his work as much as someone who consults the president.

New Racism/New Sexism

Looking at some of the elite in this world, we seem to have left racism and sexism far behind us. Non-whites hold some of the most powerful positions in this world. They are presidents, MPs, CEO’s of multinationals, famous actors and millionaire’s. The same counts for women. Still the world did not become less racist or sexist. The tribute that many of these successful men and women had to pay in order to get where they are is to adapt even more intimately to dominant ideology. Thus women became some of the fiercest fighters for war and the strongest promoters of neoliberalism.
But the world has not changed. Poverty is still predominantly coloured and female. Why do I think that this is still due to racism and sexism and not just a matter of class struggle or in liberal terms, due to the selection of the fittest? I think the colour of the skin and the sex of a person comes immediately into play when a person is not exceptionally successful and adapted to the dominant values of western society.
As long as someone is a prominent president an invisible whitener seems to brush his face. And we become in a way colour blind. But as soon as people are just normal people fighting for survival in a harsh world. People turn black and blacker in our regards. The more they are poor and excluded from society the darker gets their skin colour. Unemployed people, immigrants, poor women become dark skinned, second class citizens. Which means for men to be judged as potentially criminal, for women (up to 28) to be considered a sex-object or (from 28 upwards) to be entirely ignored as useless creatures.