Sunday, December 27, 2015

3 Reasons Why Many “Third World” People Are Not As Poor As You Think

If you look at the numbers, people living in the West are clearly richer: the per capita income clearly shows this. The median income in the U.S. Is much higher than, say, the median income in Honduras. On paper, people in the anglophone and Western European countries are richer. On paper this is indeed the case. But is this the whole story? I don't think so. What I have seen living abroad suggests to me that the average “third world” person is not as poor as you think. Consider these 3 points...

1.Grey Markets

In the West, we're accustomed to the term “black market.” (Let's call its opposite the “white market,” though I can't recall actually hearing this term.) The black market is the underground economy – illegal stuff. The white market is the normal economy – the official economy. And as Westerners we just think in this black-and-white way. Nowadays – especially with so much regulation foisted upon the backs of the Little Guy – it's hard for Westerners to think beyond this binary idea. But people in third world countries don't have such a limitation. In addition to the white markets and black markets, they also have grey markets.

What is a grey market? I will define it thus: a grey market is commerce or employment that is legal, but is off-the-books OR is not official in some way. (Ex: a person working for someone else in some capacity, but is not an employee, though making real money.) Grey markets can also include very small businesses. Think street food carts, or street vendors. In many countries, these people are not official – you just go out and sell what you want to sell – and aren't regulated, but are actual businesses. Many third world people are not employed, but have successful businesses doing whatever it is that they do. Entire families can do quite well without employment.

In the West, our options are typically limited to working for a corporation or the government. Any business we start must be official because of regulation. This limits options and freedom for the common man – by design, of course. We don't have grey markets – things are either expressly allowed or are illegal. Many would-be business starters get choked by the costs incurred from regulations. The grey markets of third world countries are all possible because of...

2. Little to No Regulation

Governments of third world countries are often unwilling or unable to regulate what people can do. Even if they could regulate their lives, they wouldn't because it would mean many millions of people would suddenly lose their livelihoods – not good for social stability. In the West, it's reversed: the government gives out various forms of welfare to people who can't exist in the official economy – a system which has many problems compared to the third world way, though I won't get into that here.

As a result of having little to no regulations, people are free to do what they can for work, business, and other forms of money making. One of my friends here in China recruits English teachers. She works for a company, but also does her own work on the side. She also mentioned how much money she had made that month from her “part time job”: 18,000 RMB (about $3000.) None of this was official. It was something she had learned how to do and did what anyone with economic freedom would do: use it to make money.

Another good example here in China is how public school teachers will often hold extra side classes that have vital information for passing their exams. If the parents don't pay the fee to attend, their kid gets left out and likely won't pass the exams. Remember that these are public school teachers doing this. It's a very common practice, and it is allowed. Right now, some of you reading this are saying, “Wow, they're very free to hustle there!” while others reading this are saying, “Wow, there is no protection from being ripped off like that!” Both lines of thought are at least worth discussing, but the simple fact is that these grey market ways of making money open up a lot of avenues for people to make money, and that these ways are impossible with government regulation. This lack of regulation allows virtually everyone to at least have a shot at things. In the West, you have to follow a very specific sequence of steps in addition to being lucky and/or well-connected in order to have your chance at making money. This is why: the state is saying you can't do things a different way. (Which benefits the corporations and screws over the people.)

3. They Aren't Charged a Fortune Merely to Exist

I know this has been discussed before, but it bears repeating because without this point, the rest of it wouldn't matter. If the cost-of-living is so high that no one can have kids and form families, then what is the point of that society? (Hint: it involves the words “enriching” and “corporations.”) Low cost of living is inseparable with the concept of the third world. Why? Without as much money in the official economy, the government can't start building all these circles-within-circles of regulation. Without regulation, the people have more options, poorer though they are. That means fewer safety nets, but also means the safety nets you have to pay for are much more affordable for the average person of a given country.

I'm hitting on a much bigger truth here – most countries are countries first and foremost, whereas the West is something else. What do I mean by saying “most countries are countries”? Most countries consist of a people with a shared identity, a language native to that land, a physical land lived in by those people for perhaps hundreds or thousands of years...the country is all of those things and more. And those things come first. China has done quite a few things, but when you think of China, you think of the Chinese language, rice and noodles and tofu, a certain image of a Chinese person forms in your thoughts, and perhaps music that has been around for many eras fills your head. It has a core essence that extends from food to language to music to...everything in that country. When you think of the U.S., perhaps you think of some major company and its product. Is not the iPhone America these days? Or Coca Cola? Or Wal-Mart? Whatever it is changes, but it usually revolves around a corporate product. This is no science, nor am I presenting it as such. Some readers may say, “No, when I think of America, I think of moon landings. Winning World War II. Baseball and apple pie.” Those notions have merit too. (Or had merit...) That said, the U.S. And its ways are based around corporate commerce. Those this was once probably well-intentioned and beneficial, it no longer is. And this is my point: whereas most countries are countries, the Western countries are really corporations. (Given that they are run as corporations, I think this is a fair way to state it.) Here is the underlying philosophy that has given us the modern day result of corporations running Western civilization.

A corporation has regulations. A country does not. This idea permeates all parts of a society, and will tell you if a society has real freedom or a system that must be obeyed at all costs. Westerners are becoming poorer and poorer from having to follow this system no matter the true price. Meanwhile, billions more people around the world have options that “rich” Westerners will never have.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Finding a Good Woman on Date In Asia: Part II: Finding Your Good Woman

So you're actively avoiding the rotten apples of (DiA) and all the trouble that entails. Now you want to directly find a good girl on there. Possible? Yes. Easy? No.

When it comes to dating sites, many guys ask a lot of questions that don't need to be asked. If you have to wonder about whether or not the girl showing cleavage and displaying a tattoo in her profile photo is a potentially good catch, then the problem is lack of common sense. When thinking about writing this article, I realized how much of it is really just common sense, which appears to be sorely lacking oftentimes. Common sense needs to be reiterated here. I will keep this post short and sweet and simple.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Finding Success at Home

No games. No bullshit.

That's the motto of my new friends-with-benefits relationship. I know, right? How can friends-with-benefits relationships even be possible in today's gynocentric and misandric culture that has spawned MGTOW? How could I possibly go back to dating or screwing women in my own country after swearing off them and altering my perception by traveling abroad for so many years? In such a toxic dating climate, how did a recent one-night stand turn into a booty call arrangement?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Finding a Good Woman on Date In Asia: Part I: Tips, Tricks and Avoiding Bad Women

If you're new to online dating and foreign dating, can be a good place to start. I have been a member there for about two years, and I've learned a few things. For part I, I will share some tips, tricks, and advice on avoiding the scum at the bottom of the barrel. Part II will focus on directly searching for a good woman on Date in Asia.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

3 Things Chinese Culture Does That Everyone Should Do

China's culture can be frustrating at times. People push and shove instead of forming lines to wait. People spit and smoke everywhere. But Chinese culture also embraces some great ideas, ideas that every culture around the world could benefit from. Here are 3 things that Chinese culture does that every country should adopt...

Friday, September 18, 2015

Is China Freer Than The USA?


China, the land of an oppressive totalitarian government where the people are definitely not free. Or are they? While I am not a fan of the Chinese government (or any governments for that matter, since they all commit terrible acts against people) I have seen enough good stuff in China to come back after my first year there. Could China really be freer than the U.S.? Here are a few things to consider...

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Attending Sporting Events in the U.S. Sucks!

By Andy

Attending sporting events, at least in the USA, has become such a mediocre experience. It has also become overpriced. I've noticed this happening during the last ten years or so. Last night I attended a baseball game, and I hadn't attended one in quite some time. Last night reaffirmed why, over the years I've been spending more of my free time doing other things like going for a long walk, taking photos of nature, and traveling. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Announcing Masculinity 2.0! Relationship guidelines for men who want to be men, and the women who love them!

The following is an excerpt from my Masculinity 2.0: The new relationship guidelines for men who want to be men, and the women who love them!


Why I wrote this book
I wrote this book because my girlfriend said I should teach a course on how to satisfy a woman!
Now, I accept the possibility that those words may have been your standard boost-your-man's-ego-in-bed pillow talk that every man (hopefully) hears at some point. However, being the literalist I am, I took her suggestion to heart and asked her to explain why she thought it would be a good idea.

"Well," she said. "You have some very common sense ideas about men and women—how they interact, and how to maximize that interaction for intimacy and enjoyment of each other sexually and in other ways—that seem to have been overlooked/lost/not emphasized, even almost purposely squashed in our society today.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Teaching English Abroad

It's the old “easy way” to expatriation: teaching English as a foreign language abroad. More people than ever have gotten into TEFL jobs since the Great Recession / Great Depression II of 2008. And yet the field still has lots of opportunity available and is still growing. And for the average Joe, TEFL is probably still the most accessible route to expatriation. It's a relatively easy way to get a job with a middle class salary (depending on the country you go to) and temporary residence.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Expatriation Apocalypse! Guide for the Broke and Hopeless

Hi everyone, Ghost here. Today's post is brought to you by a donation from Ghost. Ah, sorry, wrong script. Anyway, I'm here to plug my new book "Expatriate Apocalypse! The Guide to Expatriation for the Broke and Hopeless". Hmm. Too blatant. Anyway, read my book now. Ghosts need to eat too. You can find it on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback formats at the links below:

Here's the idea: expatriation is becoming a more difficult game to play. I'm still trying to figure it all out myself, but I have figured a lot of things out. I'm very sympathetic to the plight of the young, broke, hopeless man who is stuck in Western society. That was my story, and it didn't start changing until I embraced expatriation. Expatriation Apocalypse! contains a lot of the knowledge and wisdom I've acquired since I started traveling two years ago. Here are three reasons you should read my book: