Pentru cei care vor să înţeleagă declinul Occidentului, să citească statisticile astea de mai jos. Reprezintă, în ordine, meseriile în care sunt ocupaţi cei mai mulţi americani. Dacă vedeţi pe acolo ceva de înaltă tehnologie, de "economia cunoaşterii", daţi-mi de ştire! Mai multe găsiţi aici.
"The Bureau of Labor Statistics is brutally honest describing the job of retail salesperson in its 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook: "Advancement opportunities are limited," workers "often stand for long periods," and many "work evenings and weekends, particularly during peak retail periods." Then there's the pay: a 2009 annual median of $20,260, 61 percent of that for all jobs. Still, it's the most popular job in America, based on the 4.2 million people who were being paid to do it in May 2009, when the BLS conducted its survey. Next are cashiers (3.4 million), general office clerks (2.8 million), food preparation and serving workers (2.7 million), and registered nurses (2.6 million). Eyeing the list for jobs that sound more fun, we find bartenders (490,000 being paid for the work at survey time), actors (40,000), athletes and sports competitors (14,000), and models (1,510). Then again, most of us lack the cheekbones to model or the jump shot to play in the NBA. As a means to a weekly paycheck, retail salesperson really does deserve its No. 1 ranking."
Viitorul va fi şi mai "luminos": dezindustrializarea continuă, pe ambele maluri ale Atlanticului, profitul pe termen scurt fiind mai important decât viitorul civilizaţiei occidentale.