On June 10, EFAM published an article titled America — the Grim Truth. And grim it was indeed!
“Americans, I have some bad news for you,” the article starts.
“You have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin.
“If you had any idea of how people really lived in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many parts of Asia, you’d be rioting in the streets calling for a better life. In fact, the average Australian or Singaporean taxi driver has a much better standard of living than the typical American white-collar worker.”
Author Lance Freeman explains that he is an American who has lived all over the world, and there is one country he will not live in again — the USA. Then he explains why.
- Health care. We’re the only country in the developed world without a single-payer health care system. This is ironic, he continues, because we have so much more to make us sick! This includes a food supply which is contaminated with hormones, antibiotics, salmonella and other dangerous chemicals, genetically modified crops, and the like. Add the over-reliance on prescription drugs, and we’re sicker than ever and need a good health-care system more than most.
- No vacations. The average US worker, according to this article, has 12 vacation days per year. This compares with 44 for Finland at the top, and 18 for Japan at the bottom of the list of developed countries. (Check the stats I posted in a previous article called Where in the World Do Employees Get the Most Time Off?.) The real kicker is that US exmployers are not required to give vacations, so some people never have them and some only “earn” them after they’ve completed a year working for the same company.
- The cost of education. In most developed countries higher education is free or heavily subsidized. Not so in the USA, where a four-year degree can cost $100,000 or more. (I know this is true, because our former French exchange student attended a highly ranked University in Lille for less than our student would have paid for room and board at college.)
- Debt as a way of life.
- Lack of freedom. Yes, you read that right. Mr. Freeman states:
“America is actually among the least free countries on earth. Your piss is tested, your emails and phone calls are monitored, your medical records are gathered, and you are never more than one stray comment away from writhing on the ground with two Taser prongs in your ass.
“And that’s just physical freedom. Mentally, you are truly imprisoned. You don’t even know the degree to which you are tormented by fears of medical bankruptcy, job loss, homelessness and violent crime because you’ve never lived in a country where there is no need to worry about such things.”
He also maintains that 70% of our tax dollars support the Pentagon, which he characterizes as a “shadow government,” unelected and unaccountable to citizens. “If you call a life of surveillance, anxiety and ceaseless toil in the service of a government you didn’t elect “freedom,” then you and I have a very different idea of what that word means,” he states.
He then predicts life in the US will grow worse, not better, in the future, and advises leaving. He reminds his readers that most of them are the descendants of immigrants who left their homes in search of a better life somewhere else and suggests it’s time to continue that journey.
I have to say, I find a lot to agree with in this article. I have been very concerned about a number of the issues he raises, especially health care. One of my goals in moving is to find a place to live where the food is actually food, not processed, food-like substances that make me sick. And you don’t want to get me started on Big Pharma and our medical establishment, trust me on this!
I’ve watched the decline in education with horror, and I’ve been appalled at the amount of debt my children and other friends and relatives have started their working lives with.
Do I buy Mr. Freeman’s conclusions? The truth is, I don’t know. I don’t want to believe he’s right — that a collapse into chaos is inevitable and the only question is whether it will be gradual or sudden — but I’m afraid he may be.
You can read his entire article here.
Is the possibility of future collapse driving you to move overseas? Do you think it’s a load of hooey? Add your comment below!