Today, people still cling to the notion that America is the ‘Best Country in the World’. If you measure greatness in total GDP then yes, we do win. If you measure greatness in military strength or Olympic medals, we (usually) win. But as an American, I can look around me and see that there are many things going wrong. In fact, the path society is going down is that of bankruptcy, fiscally and morally. One could even say we’re already there.
Many would look at the rise of Donald Trump and say that society is moving back in the right direction. In certain aspects, yes, Americans are rejecting the culture of the left. However, the idea of high-spending in the form of entitlements and handouts are here to stay:
With the election of 2012 the American people have made it very clear which path they wish to take the United States down – socialism.
Even Trump has suggested that he won’t cut Social Security and Medicare. Now that the people have already had a taste of government handouts, there is no going back.
When people like Bernie Sanders say that the U.S. is one of the few countries in the world without government healthcare he’s right. Now, that doesn’t make socialized medicine a good thing, but rather, it shows the inevitability of the left collaborating with power-hungry politicians to increase the size of government via healthcare and inevitably a welfare state in general.
Understanding the Left—An Exercise in Futility
Some of the best writing in the book comes from Clarey’s “explanation” of leftist behavior. I put “explanation” in quotes because there is no logic or reason behind their motives.
For one, why do leftists hate the U.S., and the Western world so much?
Leftists hate the fact the United States has the best track record of any country or any empire in the history of the world. It reminds them of their mediocrity, it reminds them of their commonness, it reminds them of their inferiority to others.
This certainly explains why men like Christopher Columbus are being purged from history as ‘evil white men’.
Since the individual leftist typically produces nothing of value and therefore has no value as a human, they must derive their value through their ideology. This condemns them to forfeit their individuality and commit themselves to leftism like a religion… the tenets and principles of leftism are primarily that of mediocrity and commune, not excellence and individualism. And without excellence and individualism, you cannot have great achievements in culture. Thus, not only is the leftist forced to forfeit their individuality and live a lie, they are forced to “enjoy” an inferior cultural life.
This is a superb point, and one that really underlines the “mind” of a liberal.
A Sinking Ship
If you have a basic understanding of economics, you’ll know that socialism is disastrous for nations. Certainly people are entitled to their opinions, and even “brilliant” people like Paul Krugman buy into the Keynesian, leftist approach to economics. Yet an objective study will show you that less government involvement leads to a more prosperous economy.
I just got sidetracked for 15 minutes looking at statistics, but it would be easier for you to do your own research. Inevitably, you will find that the U.S. can’t continue down this path, especially one that embraces the likes of Bernie Sanders. If that is what this is coming to then you must let go:
The first psychological adaptation or “epiphany” you need to have is arguably the hardest – you need to let go of the United States.
This can be interpreted in a few different ways: Either it means accept the coming wave of socialism and find a way to take advantage of it, or let go of the U.S. altogether and find a new home. The latter is not a bad idea, and even Clarey encourages the idea of finding a new passport. That said, finding a country where there is smaller government and lower taxes can be difficult to find.
Signs of a Failing State
All you need to look at is a few posts on social media and the U.S. Debt Clock. Even if you believe that these factors only play a marginal role in our society, it is still painfully obvious that the U.S. is moving in the WRONG direction.
Is unchecked spending and borrowing good for a country? No.
Are constant wars in the Middle East moving us forward? Doubtful.
I could go on. But if that’s not enough for you, Aaron refers to several indicators that are worth noting:
- Labor Participation Rate: Don’t buy into the government’s unemployment rate. The U3 unemployment rate does not include part-time workers or discouraged workers—the U6 rate does. (See statistics here). Yet perhaps an even better overall indicator is the Labor Participaton Rate because it takes into account lazy bums. For reference, just roughly 63% of people over the age of 16 are working. Sure, there are good reasons to explain this low-rate, and it’s decline over the years, but it is still a worrying factor.
- The College Racket: People are being forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars for an often worthless degree that doesn’t even guarantee them a job! This is making millennials have less disposable income, that is, if they are lucky enough to get a job in the first place.
Additionally, Aaron often points out the flaws of the system. For example, that when looking at how your tax money is spent:
28% OF YOUR TIME IS SPENT BEING A SLAVE OR HOST TO OTHER PARASITES.
This is socialism, pure and simple.
How to Deal With the Decline
As the title of the book implies, you must ENJOY the decline. You can’t let the lunacy of the leftists get you down. Fortunately, there are steps you can take.
Clarey’s thoughts on this include putting leisure ahead of labor. Don’t spend time working a shitty job you hate just to get by and save for ‘retirment’, essentialy ‘trading youth for old age’ as Clarey notes. Additionally:
Understanding and accepting death is the key to maximizing and getting the most out of your life. The amount of time you have on this planet is finite, it is precious, and only until you realize this will you be able to go out and truly enjoy the decline.
A fundamental disagreement I had with Clarey was his suggestion at ‘gaming the system’. He makes a good point, in that if welfare exists, you might as well take advantage of it. He suggests taking advtange of these services and even taking handouts from charitable groups. Personally, I can’t in good conscience agree with this or recommend it. It would really drive down my self-worth to ask for handouts like that, and I feel many of his readers feel the same. On that note, I’d bet that most of his readers have high IQ’s (he even wrote a book on it) and they’d be much too smart to not find a way to make good money even in a weak economy.
A Poignant, yet Pragmatic Message
Enjoy the Decline was depressing, but in a good way. I already had my doubts about the future, but this book reinforced them. That said, I’m not sitting here and whining about the future. I’m actively working every day to make money online and save as much as I can so that if shit hits the fan I’ll be okay. The same goes for you. If you read books like this and still aren’t taking the necessary precautions to protect and grow your assets, as well as to create financial freedom, what are you waiting for?
This book is a message that must be heard. Don’t be fooled by the “recovery”, which is a combination of massive spending, low interest rates, and phony statistics. Inform yourself with this book and the like. Come to accept to future of America, smile, grab a whiskey and take a deep breath. You’re going to be alright.
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