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Enjoy the Decline: Accepting and Living with the Death of the United States Paperback – January 7, 2013
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It's too late for me to get any use from this book, but I still read it. I'm currently paying 38% of my income to my ex wife in the form of alimony and child support. Another 38% goes to federal and state taxes.
So I get to keep 24% of my income, and the rest is taken from me by threat of force (thanks uncle sam).
If I could go back and do it again I' be smart. No wife. No high paying job for the government to confiscate from.
I'd be a traveling bum. Better then a slave with the state's gun pointed to his head.
I also recommend The End of America by John Price (very religious angle to the decline) and Mark Steyn's After America.
It has been many years since I have read a book that helped me as much as this one did. Throughout my life, I have always worked in retail sales and have been very good at what I did. But about two years ago, I started noticing that it is impossible to get a full-time job in retail anymore. Every single employer has cut their non-supervisory positions down to less than 32 hours in order to avoid the costs associated with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, two laws that force employers to pay benefits to all "full-time" workers. With some small stores, the situation is even worse as the minimum wage law has driven the number of hours down even further, to 15-20 instead of 32. If the economy was stronger, maybe these laws could be overcome and we would once again see full-time jobs available but with the FED printing money on an unprecedented scale there is really no chance of that happening.
I have been terribly angry about this for years and have tried to get around the laws by working two jobs. I have sometimes gone in at the first job at 9:30 a.m. and worked until 2:30, then left and gone to the other job at 5 pm. and worked until 10 p.m. This made me absolutely miserable as it resulted in me having no quality free-time at all. However, I kept doing it because I was determined not to let the government prevent me from working.
In the past few months, I've realized that I was making a mistake. Instead of fighting against the laws, I should accept them and learn to see the bright side of it. I can't work full-time anymore but at least I can enjoy the leisure time that the government forces me to accept. I have now quit one of my jobs and cut the other one down to 25 hours a week. I spend my days off writing ebooks in the hope that I will one day make an income without having an "employer" for the government to regulate. I make no more than $600 a month at my job now. This puts an incredible financial strain on my girlfriend who herself only makes around $20,000 a year as a taxicab dispatcher. Nevertheless, I am happier now as I am learning to enjoy the decline.
When reading Aaron Clarey's book, I felt for the first time in these past two years that someone understood what I have been going through. It helped me to realize that I really am doing the right thing by giving up on traditional employment in a world that despises human achievement. To the critics of this book who say that it advocates "amorality", I would say that you are still living in denial. Stop wasting your time. Join the strike and learn to enjoy the decline.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to live a happier life in the last days of the American Republic.
However, some of his suggestions are outlandish, such as his suggestion for "ultimate" retirement (but I won't spoil for you). And he is an atheist that believes we have no existence outside this time space continuum. That is open to wide debate. Because of his existential nihilism, he misses more stable and profound sources of hope in the spiritual realm.
But again, he does offer hope even for nihilists in the miserable unhappiness the left will enjoy even as they contemptuously bring down the greatest nation in history. Only one thing I see that he may have missed. As the socialist winds blow our constitutional republic away, he says the left will suffer as well, as they reap the bitter fruit of their ideology and mourn its failure. I respectfully disagree. They will simply blame someone or something else for their abject failure.
Other than that, it is a quick read that I often found myself shaking my head in agreement thinking "He is right! That is exactly what is happening! And yes, we must be ready for the inevitable!"
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