Are there any cities left on the planet that meet the following criteria?
-A single middle-class income can support a family (housing + health care)
-Young ppl aren't brainwashed by SJWs
-Reasonable expectation of socioeconomic advancement

@sjors Help me out here, I'm a sheltered American. the only examples i can think of are, like, Guadalajara or costa Rica. And i'm not sure they satisfy the 3rd criterion

@eiaine SJW's are generally just found in elite places like universities and fancy employers. Is there even a single woke truck driver? So tell the kids to hang out with normal people. I live in Utrecht and haven't seen any of my neighbors hang out BLM signs.

@eiaine (3) can be done with remote work. At least the economic part.

@sjors omg. SJW is now everywhere in the US. my mother in law lives in a retirement home, and even they had BLM signs

@eiaine woke retirement homes, ouch. To be fair: the BLM protests were massive and I doubt everyone there endorses the woke idiology.

@sjors @eiaine
Perth, Western Australia. Sunny all year, no one really gives a shit about politics because it’s all miles away and had about two weeks of lock down in April everything open and normal since.

@Petewinn @eiaine Western Australia did an excellent job at closing their borders. Tempting, but too far away from the rest of the world.

@Petewinn @eiaine mainland China isn't very woke either. Their government certainly doesn't want ethnic diversity. And they have only one pronoun (ta) for all genders.

@sjors @Petewinn yeah... i hate to say it, but mainland China will probably see greater improvements in living standards than anywhere in the US, over the next generation.

@eiaine @Petewinn not just China. Places like Germany are decades ahead of most (urban) US in terms of quality of live. This happen long before wokeness came around. Most of the US is physically stuck in 1950.

China looks even more modern, but shitty construction quality could set them back a century when skyscrapers start burning and collapsing randomly, like what happened in Shanghai. Or when fireworks factories explode.

@eiaine @Petewinn but if China suddenly becomes a healthy democracy and really starts appreciating craftmanship again, like before Mao, then I would be extremely bullish on that country. Probably spend a lot more time there too.

@sjors @eiaine
Tbf the rest of the world isn’t looking as inviting as it used to be and right now everyone has got used to video calling which is useful!

@eiaine @sjors interesting, I'll be visiting Costa Rica next week. One of the few countries who don't have any flight restrictions.

@eiaine I’ve only been to Guadalajara, Jalisco a few days and I almost got kidnapped once ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


@randybrito @sjors by "kidnapped" do you mean a young cholita tried to snag you as a sugar daddy?

@eiaine 😂 haha, no, that wouldn't have happened for sure tw:@stephnogales wouldn't let that happen 😂. @sjors

@eiaine Actually Zurich. Middle class salaries are super high, more than compensate for high living costs, tons of single earner families.
Not too much SJW from what I noticed.
And it's a place that's likely to do well in the future attracting knowledge workers

@eiaine But Zurich is the safe boring choice of course. Personally, I chose to live in Abidjan, Ivory Coast instead, second fastest growing country in the world over the last 10 years. KYC is fun when streets have no names or numbers! And no one would dream of paying capital gains taxes on crypto (or anything really). Absolutely no SJW

@MartinSjog seriously? you just packed up and moved to Ivory Coast? it's not, um, dangerous?

@eiaine Well, not as safe as Switzerland, but (looking at murder rates) much safer than Brazil or South Africa. And yes, just officially registered my move here! But I've been investing in property in Abidjan since 2007 (took my first bonus from my finance-job and bought a house, geographical arbitrage ftw!)

@eiaine Maybe some cities in eastern Europe but I don't have any specific cities in mind.

@GrandVizierOfMalta @eiaine can confirm, Eastern Europe would also be a wise choice. the hangover from communism literally destroying civil society rather than being a yuppy LARP should not be underestimated.

I'd recommend considering Warsaw, Budapest, and Sofia - it doesn't hurt that they are all stunningly beautiful either.

@eiaine absolutely. come live in Edinburgh and we can give each other shit in person rather than only on the interwebs.

@eiaine I don't think it is ever going to be possible in a city that one single salary can maintain a family. The cost of the house is going to be always high due to lack of space. Unless you forbid to work to either one gender; or one of the spouses (at their choosing), rent or mortgage is always going to take an almost full salary.

We need multicore cities (single-core cities do not scale, just like processors).

@JosuGZ @eiaine Some of the cities around Toronto would probably qualify. Brampton, Markham, Mississauga, etc. No-one really wants to live there, so rents aren't that bad, very high immigrant populations that aren't interested in SJW nonsense and are interested in raising kids, fair number of jobs available (the flight path near the airport has a lot of industry by Canadian standards), etc.

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