While skimming through answered story-identification questions on another SE site to look for good short stories to read, I came across "The Good Work", written in 1959 by the American author Theodore L Thomas, and available to read here. It paints a grim picture of life in a future world, with a population of 350 billion, in which everyone lives on dull food called Standard Fare unless they can somehow, by some miracle, find a job. At the end of the story it transpires that the jobs people are given by the government are entirely useless; they only work for the sake of having work.
Is this story a commentary on any kind of real-world society? Either a society which actually exists or has existed, or a model proposed by political theorists of the time. My first thought, due to the header "Loosener, Tightener, Socialism" on the blog post linked above, was that it might be a satire on Soviet socialism, but I'm open to any plausible interpretation.
(A good answer might be based on comparison of the text of this story to such societies as described or actualised in the real world, or potentially on an analysis of the author's political views e.g. as expressed in his other writings.)