The most common criticism I received about Enjoy the Decline (as well as most of my writing and ranting) is that "not all of us are 30 year old, childless bachelors like you. We can't just up and quit. We have a house and a family to consider."
Which I understand.
But when I say "go Galt" or "Enjoy the Decline" or participate in minimalism, I'm not saying, sell the house, buy a trailer, quit your job, and then go work the occasional security shift (though I do say that) as much as I am saying, "work as little as you possibly can." Because even if you don't go full Thoreau, if everybody "just goes a little Galt" the effect on socialists and leftists in the country would be devastating.
Understand just how sad and pathetic our GDP and economic growth is. A normal, healthy economy should be growing around 4% a year. It is my opinion any economy is capable of 10% a year. But we're happy with a measly 1.8% a year today (hell, as long as it's positive, that's fine by us and our new lowered affirmative action standards we're applying to our president).
But just because we're happy with 1.8% doesn't mean our creditors are. Also, pension funds (which are dependent upon perpetually increasing stock prices which are dependent upon perpetually increasing profits which are dependent upon a growing economy) and the people who rely upon them are also not going to be happy with 1.8%. In short everything we've promised ourselves and our creditors has to come from economic growth, and if it becomes very apparent we can't provide enough economic growth then they will....
are you ready for it?
cut us off and rush-sell their stocks.
This would bring about an immediate and required cutting of spending as the government would have nowhere else to go to get the money. The economy isn't growing enough, the Chinese won't lend us more. They will have to cut spending.
But isn't this what we've been wanting? To bring the system down? To end the socialism and starve out the socialists and the parasitic classes?
The great thing is that because or economic growth is so low and sclerotic, it would only take a little bit of scaling back to bring economic growth into negative territory. Since consumer spending accounts for 66% of GDP, if everybody just cut their budgets by 5% that would lop off 3.3% economic growth, sending us thoroughly into economic contraction and rattling markets. If you could manage to cut 10% from your budget, that would send us into a deep recession and force economic reality and action on congress and the president.
The question is can you cut 10% from your current spending? Most people can.
I visited a mall the other day and I my economic spidey senses started telling me to roughly estimate what percent of the stores were selling worthless crap women primary buy and have no practical use in the real world ("SWCWPBAHNPUITRW Stores"). After ballparking it I realized about 90% of the stores were SWCWPBAHNPUITRW Stores.
You name it, we could nuke all of the country's malls tomorrow and we would get by just fine.
But that's what you have to realize. You don't need all of that crap, ESPECIALLY YOU LADIES.
So if you want to get back at the socialists. You want to make the welfare classes actually feel some pain. You want to raze the economy so we have a shot at rebuilding it correctly the next time, then time to start going "A Little Galt."