Captain Capitalism writes:
In short a goodly portion of the US’ economic engine is ball and chained to their jobs via debts they can barely afford and families that are dependent upon them. They will slave away for 3rd world illegal immigrants who hate them because they need to make the next lease payment on that Lexus SUV for wifey. They will slave away for the quadruple single mom who is majoring in Women’s Studies because they need to live in that McMansion in that good school district where the property taxes are sky high. They will slave away for any parasite because the banks, mortgage companies, car companies, credit cards, and divorce/legal system has them by the balls.
There is some good news however.
These beta-debt-ridden-wage-slaves are NOT the innovators or creators. They are not the entrepreneurs or the business developers. They are SLAVES, they are CONFORMISTS, they will NEVER create a Microsoft, an Apple, a Wal-Mart or what have you.
That is where you renegade, non-conforming, misbehaving, individualists come in.
I contend, though I have no hard numbers to back it up, there are enough individualistic people, who are not ridden with debt, not beholden to their families, that we could lop off at least 4% GDP, sending the US economy into recession.
How? By becoming Minimalism Pirates.