I just finished the article Welcome to Middle-Class Poverty – Does Anybody Know the Way Out?
As a self employed middle-class person I’ve lived the reality of being ‘double taxed, no health insurance, and living from one gig to the next’ most of my life. I love what I do. I’ve been able to pay for all of my health needs out of pocket so far (knock on wood) including 2 births and a trip to the emergency room for food poisoning. If the government would stop giving hand outs and tax breaks to multinational and mega corporations (including agribusiness subsidies, oil and nuclear subsidies, wall street and banking subsidies, and big pharma subsidies), and instead invest that money in localized health care for all (NOT insurance), education -including learning local trades that produce consumer goods we’ll use right here in the USA, and then micro loans for the average person to use for local startup businesses to apply those trades, that would be a good start in turning this economy around.
I’ve worked hard and smart, and I know there are many others that would like to be in my shoes. I don’t make tons of money, but I make enough to provide for me and my family. Outside of making money, I’ve turned my small city lot into edible landscaping, and keep 3 hens in the backyard for eggs. I coordinate free clothing swaps so am a part of helping to create that “New Mutualism” discussed in this article.
We need to get off our collective butts and out from in front our TV’s and gadgets and ‘the good old days’ thinking, and find ways that we can be the change we want to see to build a better today and a better tomorrow. And that starts between our own ears, and what we are doing with our own time, talents, and abilities. And then how we are using those skills to help our neighbors and our community.
Big business, big government, and ‘big’ everything is going the way of the big dinosaur – it is on it’s way to extinction. Each of us needs to be working towards the next economy – which is based on mutual help, living local and respecting global, meeting as many of our needs ourselves and then gratefully bartering/trading/buying what we need from sustainable and caring businesses – locally and worldwide. We are moving from a ‘top down’ world to a ‘mutual respect’ world. The sooner we get on board, the easier the transition will be. And who knows – maybe even some of the big business and big government dinosaurs might choose to adapt and downsize before they destroy themselves
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