What is standard of living?

If you’re Generation Z, you’re probably wondering if you’re going to have the same standard of living as your parents. If you’re a Millennial, for the most part, you know you’re not. Materially, you may even be better-off since the government has pushed more and more debt-backed USD into the economy which has trickled down to you. You may have used it to gain assets like property, notes, or securities. But in the back of your mind, you know the material things are no substitute for what our parents grew up with immediately post-WWII: new infrastructure, community, friendship, strong institutions, and the bonds of citizenship with other Americans. These are things that money simply can’t buy. Our parents also had much-lower costs, particularly in college tuition and health care. Then there was the post-WWII business climate bequeathed to the Boomers by the Silent Generation which practiced a noblesse oblige towards this nation and its families by developing this nation’s technological and industrial base and paying high wages. This, too, has disappeared and can’t be bought nor brought back.

In every other metric besides the economy approximated by the DJIA and the ability to consume Chinese junk, standard of living is already much lower than it was for our parents and even grandparents who lived through both the Great Depression and fought in WWII. This is cultural collapse. The good news is that the elements of standard of living that cannot be bought are also free. You can establish relationships with your neighbors by inviting them over. You can have your kids play out in the street together. You can form small towns of 2-3 extended families on rural properties just like they have in Europe. You can build your own house to your specs for cheap even without ties to the Grid. You can find ways to make money outside the Corporate GloboHomo regime. You can send your kids to Christian school or homeschool them. You can find a good church and attend. You can create your own Benedict Option.

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