The dependency network is interesting.
On the one hand, they shame you into getting 401ks, an IRA, ISA, “rainy day fund”, “emergency money”…
oh, but don’t you call it prepping!
I think it’s the mindset of fear against self-reliance.
If you learn too much independence as a citizen, including Fuck You money or untaxable savings (e.g. growing herbs and not buying), the fear vanishes. That fear is their power over you.
Our ancestors had freer speech because they had fuller wallets.
Why were women shamed for managing and working in the home? They couldn’t tax us. They couldn’t brainwash us. They couldn’t control us. Corporate laws in many ways act like an overbearing husband – turn up 9 to 5 even if you can do all the work 2-6.
Think of all the false economies of kicking women from their domain. Instead of one efficient, untaxable wife you need: cleaner, cook, nanny, builder, shopper, chauffeur, prostitute (theoretically)… Marriage is immensely efficient division of labour for both sexes, no wonder the Powers That Be try to make it seem like a bad deal.
The convenience economy relies on us: our dependence.
If we snapped back to 1900 levels of marriage by point of a shotgun, the economy would instantly depress – half the labour force, half the tax revenue and half the job opportunities at least. Supply/demand.