We've heard that term. For instance, in south korea, if you look asian, they discriminate against you if you apply for english teaching positions. Human stupidity knows no bounds. There are so many instances of bad/unqualified co-workers and bad or unqualified employers that self-employment is a better alternative for many. There is a lot of corruption, prejudice and unfairness in hiring/firing practices too. I've experienced that many times as well. This is because of the competition and that competition is not fair so you get a society where you have people in positions that don't necessarily deserve it because you are unaware of the unfairness. There are so many instances where you can note in your mind and question how so and so got their position when they are not more competent, more intelligent, more knowledgeable etc. It's a warm sewer of bullshit when it comes to hiring and employment. Unless the position is highly technical where politics is too much funny bs business to get in the way of the job done correctly, most other fields and/or positions are wide open for corruption. There is no real equal opportunity, as it all depends upon human subjectivity and if they like you and what issues they may have in relation to you, if you fit into the group etc. This means productivity and the 'job' is many times less important than what society pretends it is. First and second issue will always be race, gender, then looks, religion, politics etc. Basically, ALL of those things that are not supposed to be an issue or consideration are the real consideration. Humans are just not very logical and untrustworthy. These are unspoken truths about how society runs, not the clean face it presents to the public.