Middle English drane, drone, “male honeybee,” from Old English dran, dræn, from Proto-Germanic *dran- (source also of Middle Dutch drane; Old High German treno; German Drohne, which is from Middle Low German drone), probably imitative (compare Lithuanian tranni, Greek thronax “a drone”). Given a figurative sense of “idler, lazy worker” (male bees make no honey) 1520s. Meaning “pilotless aircraft directed by remote control” is from 1946.
This is what the people in power/ruling class want and one of democracy’s biggest weakness! Drones that happeily sells their childrens future for material goods, annual vacations to sh-thole countries and a pat on the back.