I'm sure you do. This thread just boils down to a perception problem.
Maybe you're happy with your 30%-over-poverty lifestyle; for me, the American Dream is dead.
I am. I guess it looks different when you don't know how to adapt to the world, or just have a bad attitude and are unwilling to change.
Oh, the rest can have a great society - they just choose not to
There is a tragedy of the commons in effect here. There are those who would build better towns, businesses, and society. Unfortunately, there needs to be greater agreement in the general populace to maintain order where such things can thrive.
That's what law and its enforcement is about. Again this has been amply demonstrated throughout the developed world.
Spoken like a true Republican. I did adapt - I discovered that money isn't everything and, in fact, I pity those rich people who think of nothing else and don't know how to be happy.
Then what is there to complain about? My view is that your posts to this point indicate otherwise. It's great that you realize that money isn't everything. But your materialism isn't much of an improvement. Recall you wrote:
non-compete/non-poach clauses, wages not keeping pace with inflation, outsourcing, lack of single-payer health insurance, and overbearing legal environments for start-up businesses
Non-compete/non-poach clauses aren't that prevalent and there are ways around even those that are legally binding. It's not a significant problem. Wages aren't keeping pace with inflation due to global increase in the supply of labor. There's no economic reason to expect the price of something to not go down when the supply of it greatly increases.
I already noted the bizarre inclusion of health care as some sort of indication of being in a "company town". Why should you get health care, if you're not going to pay for it yourself?
You want the ability to hop seamlessly from job to job, have your wages increase no matter how low value your labor becomes, and get cheap health care paid by someone else. How are you going to get all that without breaking society?
And "overbearing legal environments for start-up businesses"? Maybe you should have thought about this before writing all the previous crap. It got sacrificed in order to get what you thought you wanted.
The problem is the disparity between the top and bottom.
Why does the disparity exist? Because politicians and bureaucrats pass law and regulations which favor the wealthy. Why do politicians and bureaucrats get away with it? Because they aren't held accountable by the electorate. Why does that happen? Because the electorate is both ignorant and easily bribed with such things as cheap health care paid by others and wage supports.
As I see it, you claim you want opportunity. But in reality, when you actually describe the concrete things you want, they close off opportunities rather than create them.