I feel like when I was living in poverty and argued for socialism, I was entitled and lazy. Now that I'm better off, you lot are saying I'm a hypocrite or out of touch.
It might be because arguing for socialism is not considered a good idea by many, regardless of your income.
However, US people tend to call things "socialism" that on the Euro side of the Atlantic would be considered... I don't know, maybe: ... guaranteed employee rights (e.g. paid sick / maternal leave, paid holidays, health insurance independent of employer, some sort of unemployment welfare payments etc.).
"Real socialism" would be different. It has so far inevitably failed whereever it has been tried. However, historically, guaranteed employee rights were achieved because of a credible threat of introducing "real socialism". European mainstream left-leaning parties, although they still might have "socialist" in their name, do not want to introduce "real socialism" at all.
In Europe, it's a bit moderated. You usually do not climb as high salary-wise but you do not fall as hard either. Plus, cost of living is a factor. It all has its pros and cons.
Regarding exploitation: None of us software / IT people has to toil 12 hrs a day 7 days a week in a coal mine without protection, being paid weekly without any compensation if you are injured during work. So I'm not sure in how far the term exploitation is accurate.
However, depending on how (mentally) satisfying your job is, you might well perceive it as exploitation.
But we should not confuse the work that objectively needs to be done by someone with exploitation. There are parts of (almost?) every job that are not genuinely fulfilling. It's work, like doing the dishes. This would be the case even in "real socialism", mind you.
You can still work as a freelancer, so you only exploit yourself.
Anyway, I don't think losing your (mental) health for a job is a good deal whatever you earn.
Is this long hours?
32 hours per week. No overtime.
Is this in the private sector?
I should consider moving to the Netherlands.
In Germany, it's hard to find IT jobs which are less than 40 hrs / week. Unless it's some state run thing which is paid badly and might be hrhrm staffed accordingly.