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I think your perspective is biased towards considering post-WWII society as the norm. My perception is that the end of WWII marked a sudden change in most of the things you have called out (housing cost relative to income, job security, health care). It would be nice for all of us if the societal changes that occurred after WWII were permanent, but isn't it more realistic to think that WWII was a catastrophic event that pushed most systems out of equilibrium, and that we are now returning to a more "normal" state? I may not be expressing this correctly in economic terms, but my opinion is that the value of human labour has been declining since the industrial revolution, even though the quality of life (in most regards) has been improving. The information age only seems to be accelerating this process.



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