On the Coming Standard of Living Crisis
“The battle outside ragin’ will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls, for the times they are a-changin’.”
In 2022, the crisis facing young men has finally gone mainstream. Political pundits from all sides of the aisle are asking: “What is happening to our young men?” They aren’t going to college, most are living at home, one third of them are sexless, and a record number of them aren’t looking for work. What is the cause of this? Answers range from “toxic masculinity” to a supposed failure to “man up.” Even though there are several possible factors, one thing is certain: that this is going to cause severe problems for our society. Not only will men’s lessened status lead to weaker social cohesion, lack of family formation, and a weaker military, but it will also cause a serious drop in our collective standard a living.
In 2019, Morgan Stanley released a study called “Rise of the SHEconomy” in which they made the shocking prediction: by 2030, 50% of women ages 18–45 in the US will be single and childless. Why is it that more women than ever before are entering the workforce, yet not getting married? The average age of first marriage in the US is the oldest ever recorded, 29 for men and 28 for women. With record inflation, lack of housing, and a high cost of living, most men simply can’t afford to start a family. As such, more and more women are turning to the workforce to support themselves. Let’s leave out for a moment the issue of how feminism encourages women to enter the workforce and be outright adversarial to men, and instead look at some figures from the Brookings Institute:
Men’s college enrollment rates are at an all-time low. The reason? The soaring costs, leftist agendas, and openly anti-male affirmative action policies are pushing men away. Many in our circles would at first glance say that this is good news, since there are now fewer men being shoved into the hands of our ideological enemies. But that’s not the whole story. What happens when men don’t go to college and don’t obtain the degrees required to enter into the higher-paying jobs in the workforce? If men won’t be getting those jobs, then that leaves women to step up. But are women stepping up? The data shows us they are not. For example, men dominate in fields such as engineering, high finance, and computer programming — as much as 85% in some cases. Law seems to be the only high-level career where women are matching men step for step, but even in law, women make less than men. I don’t need to hash out the tired argument of the “wage gap” here, but what is more important is the levels of debt and jobs that are actually important to the economy.
Categories: Economics/Class Relations