Average Americans have been passive participants in the troubling events that have surrounded them for decades. We have watched in silent horror as all the bedrock axioms of normal life have been upended and crazy people have been encouraged by those in authority to destroy the fabric of our lives. And it’s accelerating. Previously, various forms of degeneracy were the innovations that the powers that be were foisting on us. But now crime and chaos have been added to the list of activities that are being sanctioned by the governing powers in charge of our society. The George Floyd riots are the signal that functional civil society has been abandoned by, at least, the Blue State establishment.
During the decades that this devolution has been progressing there have been attempts by the saner members of our leadership to resist this madness. I guess the Reagan presidency was a reaction against it. The Trump election in 2016 was also a reaction to it. These were attempts to claw back control of the country as a whole from the progressives who have slowly but surely taken control of almost all the levers of power in the United States. There may be another breakthrough in 2024. If the Republicans can keep the Congress and capture the presidency there is some hope that they can at least temporarily reverse the damage being done in this country by the forces of chaos that are intent on tearing the whole thing down.
But I don’t think it’s wise to depend on some hypothetical permanent victory of the Right over the Left. Even if it does happen at some point, it may be too late to benefit you or even your descendants. I think it’s incumbent on each of us to look at what services and benefits are no longer available form our government or communities and find substitutes and work arounds on our own.
I think the most important service we have to address is educating our children. The public schools are worse than useless. They are in fact a detriment to the education and socialization of children. I won’t go through the litany of failings and problems with public schools. Suffice it to say that outside of a few communities the education children get in public schools is worse than useless. It’s poison. It is the responsibility of parents to provide for the future of their children as best they can. Providing them with the chance to thrive in society is crucial and not only is the public-school environment failing to provide them with the rudiments of education but all of the schools from pre-K through graduate schools indoctrinate young people with propaganda that is wildly anti-survival. Students are fed anti-human lies that encourage them to reject normal goals such as business success and family formation because of nonsense about “saving the planet” and developing their individuality. What they need is basic survival skills like math and language skills followed by practical training in a profession or a trade. That is what parents should be selecting for in a school. And you’re going to have to pay for it.
The next service that we all have to be selecting for is public safety. Living in an American city is now a very risky proposition. There may be some large cities that are reasonably safe. But finding them will require careful research. Even suburbs and towns may be afflicted with the scourge of organized and disorganized criminality. What we have to do is evaluate the areas we are considering as long-term homes and determine if our families will be safe and free from constant anxiety while moving around their extended circle of destinations. Crime statistics are one research tool. Another will be the political support both major parties get in the area. Look very carefully at where you decide to live. Moving is expensive and painful.
Employment is another important area where an active approach is very important. If your profession is already established then you are to a large extent tied into the locations that you can set up a home base. Of course, lately remote work has taken hold in a number of companies and professions. But for others this isn’t a practical choice. For many professions, American industry has severely limited the opportunities for employment inside the country. Whole industries have been transplanted to Asia leaving careers in engineering and management severely reduced in the numbers of positions available. For some people becoming an ex-patriot employee is an important option.
For the young who don’t currently have a profession or for those willing to change professions choosing a trade or profession that allows you to work outside of the “woke” corporations is an attractive feature. Self-employment as a craftsman or small business owner provides flexibility and protection against being brow-beaten and even fired for not displaying the requisite amount of social justice fervor on the job. It has to be admitted that the choice of avoiding the corporate hierarchy means you will probably never be a multi-millionaire or travel in the corporate Lear jet to Davos to hobnob with Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. But that may be one of the advantages too. You’ll still have some self-respect and time to spend with your family. Look at the areas of the country you want to live in and see what are the best opportunities for employment that fit your skill set. You may have to be a little flexible with what you do for a living to live where you want to live.
The other thing you will want to be active about is participating in local government. Find out who runs your town. Go to town meetings. Find out who the local Republicans are and find out if they’re useful or useless. You might even have to run for dogcatcher just to get something useful done in your area. Find out about your local police department. Find out if your town is embarking on any kind of radical “affordable” housing project. Often that is code for bringing in deadbeats and illegal aliens into the suburbs.
It’s your job to shape your environment. It’s what humans have done from time immemorial. As Americans we had a century of living under the umbrella of a powerful, mostly competent government that improved the lives of its citizens. That time is over. We live under a rapacious oligarchy that is trying to hold onto the shrinking resources of a declining global empire. Finding pockets of prosperity and sanity in the crumbling American Empire will be a challenge for those who don’t want to just give up. That’s your challenge. And if by some miracle we, the people, manage to wrest control of America away from the oligarchs and reestablish this country as a sane and prosperous nation, you’ll be ahead of the curve if you’ve already set yourself up by being an active agent of your own happiness.