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noun, pejorative adjective. A group of people in a society caught in a cycle of grinding prosperity. Focusing their energy on paid employment to maintain their lifestyle, they have little interest in long term careers, social, or political engagement or advancement. Unlike slug labor, their education ranges from nil to advanced.

Members of the slug class just work to work and don't venture to improve their condition through social or political activism. They believe that the system cannot or should not be changed, manipulated, or subverted for any reason. They generally don't think about what is happening unless it is narrowly focused on their present job, living situation, or eminent personal danger. Resistant to challenging or even discussing the status quo, social pressure within their social group tends to reinforce this mindset.
Referring to Mike Judge's masterwork, "Office Space", the character Peter Gibbons experiences an epiphany and rises out of the slug class; he realizes there is something wrong but cannot act towards his own advancement until this epiphany.

Peter Gibbons: So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, um...every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life.
Dr. Swanson: What about today? Is today the worst day of your life?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah.
Dr. Swanson: Wow, that's messed up.
by CivilJoe May 21, 2013

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