Occam wrote:You are a hunter gatherer with no hunting or gathering skills, nor land to hunt or gather on. You are a casualty of a highly productive, yet extremely fragile system that rewards some but leaves many in the dust. We call this state of existence "unemployed."
Sorry, have to disagree here on you idea, that hunter gatherers had nothing comparable to unemployment. As Kolokol888 alread said:
I think the original premise is false. There was unemployment in hunter gatherer societies; the sick, the lame,the old, the young, the stupid etc.
And even if you are a successful hunter you might have problems with finding enough food: it is proven, that hunter gatherers over-hunted their own food source, leading to famine and eventually lots of deaths. So, yeah, life today might suck but not as hard as back then, at least not in our western societies.
Unemployment is the side effect of a too efficient ressource gathering system: We do not need so many people to sustain our western civilisation but on the other hand the people not needed are not forced to die because of lack of ressources. Hence unenmployment.