Player Piano Author:Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The basic premise of the story is that American industry is run by a tiny group of wealthy and powerful managers and engineers, while the vast majority of the population are stripped of their well-paying industrial jobs and forced to live as poor, powerless menials. — This elite of managers and engineers live in closed, gated Orwellian communitie... more »s, where they watch each other closely for the slightest hint of nonconformity or disloyalty to the system.
Vonnegut shows how most managers and engineers have always had a contempt for the average American worker and have been looking for a way to replace them even before WW2. He thought that this would primarily be by automation (as opposed to simply shipping the jobs out of the country.)
Vonnegut also assumed that agriculture would be totally mechanised by large corporations and the small farmer made extinct.
There is also the eerie prediction that the President would be a man of low intelligence who would get elected on the basis of a "three hour television show." It would make no difference because there would be no connection between who was elected and who actually ran the country. Remember, this was in 1952....
Oh yes, he also predicted that no one would be able to get any job worth having without a graduate degree.« less