The phrase "wage slave" has been catching my eye lately:
From a comment on Curbed:
Not everyone is married to the subway system or has life that revolves around midtown. That is for wage-slaves like yourself.From Millionaire Artist:
Money is freedom, and money will allow me to do my own creative thing without being a wage slave to someone else. To know more about money and how it works only empowers me as an artist.From Wikipedia:
Wage slavery is a term used to refer to a condition in which a person is legally (de jure) voluntarily employed but practically (de facto) a slave.... Wage slave can denote a worker who has no choice in who they work for, or in the type of job they can get; either due to economic and geographic circumstances, or due to personal lack of competence or education.I think it is a bit of a stretch, to say the least, to compare the status of most midtown Manhattan workers to slavery, though there are probably workers in the USA, often illegal aliens, who might qualify. What do you think of this term? What kind of money-earning does it apply to? Are people earning money from creative pursuits necessarily free of whatever the pressures are that make one feel like a wage slave? Do you think of yourself as a wage slave?