“In practice nobody cares if work is useful or useless, productive or parasitic; the sole thing demanded is that it shall be profitable” — George Orwell
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When Orwell states that “in practice nobody cares if work is useful or useless, productive or parasitic”, he means that what really matters most is whether the work can turn a profit, not whether it creates meaningful value or positively contributes to society and productivity.
His view suggests that profitability alone, above other factors, tends to dictate what labor is deemed acceptable or worthwhile in practice.
The quote conveys Orwell’s perspective that economic systems function in a way that prioritizes financial returns over other outcomes, to the point where profit has become the sole metric of what qualifies as justifiable work.