The sad part about all this is that it didn’t have to happen. We as Americans were sold a bill of goods by the Robber Barons of the 20th century. The Industrial Revolution was going to create a paradise for everyone. Better things, better jobs, more employment, etc. It worked really well…for the rich. Everyone else in some manner or form got screwed royale!
You know who never has a problem with this?
They are what we could have been, with modifications. They understand self-sufficiency. Don’t have a job? Well, no problem because we own our own farm land, which feeds us, and we own our own house on the land we own. Many successful Amish businessmen have businesses and family farms. They take care of themselves by being a community (ever see a community barn-raising?)
The modifications? Self-sufficiency within the context of modernity, meaning that there are some things that technology can give us that we want, such as important medical devices and cures. I’m not suggesting that we have no technological improvements, but what Capitalism has done in this country (and the world) is to brainwash us into believing that we need a bunch of crap that we really don’t need, and then happily loaned us into never-ending debt to pay for unimportant garbage.
The Amish I knew when I lived in Pennsylvania were happy and prosperous. Perhaps the Industrial Revolution has been a century long lie that we have bought into?