A friend of mine accuses me of being a "hedonistic sob" (his words). That's because I eat buckwheat crepes for breakfast, eat out in the weekends, and drink Masala Chai at home. I also watch international movies in a Macbook and own two smartphones.
My salary sucks, but I don't have children, and my woman is low maintenance, which helps. But the biggest factor is that I live in a pleasant neighbourhood, and I don't pay the rent myself. I couldn't afford the rent of where I live right now. But once you take that away, life can be really good with little money. If you can cook (or your woman can) then eating reasonably well at home is cheap. Torrents and ebook readers mean entertainment is cheap, or essentially free. Socializing can be expensive; just cut the booze and meet your friends in their houses.
The root of all misery is rent. And for families, schools. Housing is hideously expensive anywhere in the world, there's no safe haven. It's expensive in North and South Europe, in America, in Asia, wherever you go. It's getting worse in most places, bubbles aside. And schools also are increasingly expensive. That's what makes life hard, what impels people to work long hours in pointless jobs, what forces women to work outside the home and make their families miserable.
Why housing and schools? They have something in common: the value of sharing them with good people. Besides the actual quality of the housing, the aesthetic value it may have, the real value of housing is being surrounded by pleasant people. Being low crime. Having nice neighbours. Or said plainly: avoiding proles. The value of avoiding proles is the most expensive thing on the planet. Not NAMs, just low IQ types in general. What we used to call scum, no matter the race. Of course each race has different distributions of scum, some are mostly scum, some have less of it. But that's not the point.
The point is that people out there are working their asses off, getting stressed out, having diseases and even dying because of the stress. And all for the only purpose of avoiding proles. Which means you need a house in a nice neighbourhood. And if you have kids, you will want to take them to a school without proles. And oh God that's worth a fucking fortune. So the cycle of stress, and women in the workforce, and broken marriages, and just general shit goes on. All to avoid proles.
I don't have the problem so my girlfriend stays at home cooking, I work the hours I wanna and we are honestly having a great time every day. I may not be an aristocrat in 18th century France, but I think I know the douceur de vivre. Life's good in the 21th century. If you can avoid proles. Something like 80% of the money in any given economy is probably spent just on the desperate avoidance of proles.
And its getting worse, because the economy is getting worse, because dysgenics is causing an increase of the number proles. And immigration. Oh immigration. Immigrants being the purest form of prole, have raised the cost of living in the First World by an order of magnitude. I can't even think the sheer amount of money that have been spent in changing homes and private schools by people desperate to get away from them. Someone should make a graph about it.
Or the children that weren't given birth because the parents preferred not to having them, rather than having them live around proles. That's by far the biggest reason behind the low fertility rate. As people's income grow, their standards rise. The definition of scum also rises, and people prefer not having a family rather than give up upward mobility. It's accepting the proles, or death. Most people choose death.
Eugenics is not only an idea from Darwinian biology. It's an economics concept. The holy grail. Dysgenics depresses the economy. Eugenics would make it boom, if only by lowering prices. Prosperity by deflation. Now if somebody could grab Krugman and the Chalupas guy and convince them of it.