Worthless – Agnes Török


Give me a student (any student)
give me only one definition of success and only one way to make it
give me academic excellence give me full-time extracurriculars
give me part-time job to pay the bills give me internship followed by internship
followed by internship followed by internship give me a lifetime of debt
then tell me I am worthless tell me my labour is not worth paying for
tell me its a favour to hire me for free
go on tell me I am worthless
when in this country millions of people compete for thousands of
jobs call it their own personal failure
when they don’t all get one when the young and the old and the sick have
no way into a labour market ever contracting
ever decreasing when you take money out of their opportunities for
education and health call it their fault
call them lazy call them benefit scroungers
call it a “culture of dependency” go on
tell us we are worthless say it’s not political
say it’s “just the way it is” that food banks can be cut
but banks need be bailed out that the minimum wage can stagnate and benefits
be chucked off entirely but when the 1% made more off of the first
year of the financial crisis than they had for the 30 years before call it austerity
go on tell us we are worthless
rebrand public failure into personal competition rebrand it filling your CV
rebrand it increasing your skill sets rebrand it exposure and networking
as we rebrand it increasing your skill sets rebrand it exposure and networking
as we volunteer and intern volunteer and intern
digging ourselves ever deeper into debt ever deeper into despair
go on tell us we are worthless tell me unemployment levels skyrocketing have
nothing to do with it tell me being more likely to end up on the
street than in a graduate job has nothing to do with it
go on tell me we’re all middle class now
call call centre workers and shelf stackers garbage handlers and cleaners
call one out of five working for less than the minimum wage
which is less than the living wage “just middle class in the making”? Go on
tell us we are worthless occupy my body
as if it were some resource you could use to raise the GDP
broken back from all the heavy lifting crumbling knees from those hours standing
depression and stress from the worry how will I pay rent this month
how will she support kids how will he pay the medical bills
go on tell us we are worthless
tell us the only thing not working about this system
is us

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