A Substack about a declining empire and why people stay.
Having a child in the past year and trying to raise her and keep on top of paying for everything has been so demoralizing for my wife and me. My wife isn’t working because daycare is so expensive that 90% of her paycheck would go straight to paying for it. We’ve definitely discussed trying to move somewhere else but like you’ve discussed it’s such a difficult thing to do. Just living and surviving is so goddamn expensive. Shit sucks man.
🖤 I enjoyed reading this. Feels like I'm not as alone as I think sometimes. Please, keep sharing & writing.
One reason people don't move is that they can't afford to move. Let's face it - if you can't scrape up $500 for a medical emergency (much less $5000 or more for a basic funeral when a loved one passes), you can't afford to move. Based on the bottom line of your "average rent > $2000/mo", to move one needs: $2000 deposit on new apartment, $2000 first month's rent on new apartment, $2000 one month overlap for the process of moving, PLUS: the cost of movers, or a rental van, moving boxes, and meals for your network of friends who can and will help you move; the cost of final cleaning of the apartment you're leaving; the cost of initial cleaning of the apartment you're moving into (note: the landlords don't do any more than make sure all the stuff left by the previous tenant is out of there). Don't expect to get back your security deposit from the old apartment: there are probably way too many things that need fixing (that the landlord put off doing or couldn't afford to do - prices have gone way up for him, as well!), that he'll charge to "tenant negligence" or something and possibly even charge you money beyond that security deposit. So, you're looking at over $6000 to move (I'd venture closer to $10,000 for an average cross-city move, much more if you're moving interstate).
the truth is, we SHOULD leave. we really should. this logic is keeping us trapped and miserable. there is SO, SOOOO much more to the world, and to life than this shitty fucking country. maybe things will improve or maybe they wont but regardless of the outcome this country was made for them not us. think about what american values ARE... i mean really, THINK ABOUT IT. do you really think a country founded on slavery, stolen land, bigotry, christianity, capitalism, imperialism and white nationalism is ever actually going to become a better place, let alone a good place? maybe we should stop gaslighting ourselves and go find the life we deserve elsewhere. the problem is, other countries dont want us bc americans are poor, dumb and racist. and theyre right not to want us. we have to accept that, that this is where we come from. we have to acknowledge america for what it IS and always has been, not what it could be. both parties support the military. both parties support free market capitalism. both parties still believe we live in a democracy. the idiots who support both parties havent the faintest idea what socialism actually IS. even the shitlibs are pretending our economy is great right now. all im saying is i dont expect things to get better and i personally dont want to live in a world where healthcare and housing isnt a basic human right.
Jordan, this is very powerful. I had tears rolling down my cheeks as I read this out loud to myself. Anyone who can read this and not feel heartbroken is not human.
Past generations allowed all of this to happen and continue to allow it. GenZ, millennials, and many other's are not sitting back and taking this shit anymore. It's time to hold our government accountable and demand change.
As Dr. Rashad Richey says,'We Won't Stop!!'