By: Tom Chatham
Since the 1970’s the job opportunities in America have slowly dwindled to the point of total economic collapse, at least for the blue collar worker. No longer can a person expect to go out and get a job at will in the field of his choice. The jobs are now far and few between and they are mainly service related and part time at best. While there are still good jobs to be had in some sectors, these are highly specialized and very competitive. Only a few lucky individuals get them. It leaves very little for the bulk of the job seeking public. Over the years we have seen a gradual decay of the job market from one sector to another.
First agriculture jobs gave way to manufacturing jobs. Then manufacturing jobs gave way to service sector jobs. Then full time jobs gave way to part time jobs. The problem with service related jobs is that you must have a productive economy where people have large mounts of excess, spendable income to support the service economy. Most people no longer have the excess money to spend on less critical items. So what comes next in the great American job game?
That can only be one thing. Part time jobs will give way to no jobs. The day when Americans can no longer work for others to create income is fast approaching. This means many will need to take matters into their own hands and create their own jobs. When the economy becomes dysfunctional only small business will be able to pull it out. That means more individuals taking the risk to produce products that society needs on the local level.
The major impediment to that type of recovery is the government itself. The mass of bureaucracy now in place is meant to stifle any individual productive effort. If government cannot control it, it kills it. This must change and will change once Americans feel enough pain and begin to defy the government.
In the early to mid 20th century, mom and pop operations littered the highways of America. Small stores sold many assorted items that allowed families to survive and prosper even in difficult times. This entrepreneurial spirit is what made America what it is or at least what it was.
The days of producing products for a worldwide market are largely over for the U.S. which means many of those manufacturing jobs will not come back because we can no longer compete economically. This will force society to embrace former economic models that worked, at least enough for society to survive. This means small scale production directed at local markets.
As I stated in Rebuilding the Republic, we will be forced to go back to a society where about 20% of the population lives and works on small diversified farms. This will provide stable working and living conditions for a substantial percentage of the population no matter what the economic conditions are.
This will take 20% of the population out of the job market allowing less competition for the few manufacturing jobs that exist. There will also need to be a shift from large corporate systems to smaller local systems. This will spread the profits from sales more evenly across the nation and allow a smaller economy to sustain the population as it once did. Instead of corporations getting the lions share of the profits it will be left in the hands of local merchants and producers who spend it locally.
Lets not live under any delusions. The west line has moved to the far east and China will be the next industrial power. America will never again be as it once was. This means we will need to focus on building a smaller more efficient economy that provides the basic necessities for the nations people. That also means the many social programs that many now enjoy will have to go out of financial necessity. We will not be able to afford them in the future. Many will not like to hear that but that is the cold hard reality we must face as a nation.
You may not like my conclusions, but do not think that money printing and government controls will solve everything because we already know they don’t. Americans need to realize that the nation as we know it must change the current dysfunctional model if we are to survive as an entity. Change is coming and ignoring it will not do any good.