It could be a membership in a local club or church. Or something as simple as a television and a cable subscription. Watch the occasional Hollywood blockbuster and keep up with the latest episode of Game Of Thrones and all is well. The late night chat shows remind us daily what's important, who to like or not and what to believe; through their relentless ridicule of anything they feel steps out of line. Nobody wants to be made fun of so it's natural to just go with the flow and avoid conflict. The powers that be, of course, count on this very response.
I'm gonna tell you a secret. We don't need any of those fancy things to be happy. We just need to be heard when we actually have something to say. That's all it takes. Relevance. You will find with experience that feeling relevant in any given situation improves your mood. The feeling that comes from knowing you matter is more valuable than almost any other return you can get.
Ask the millionaire how much she cares when another thousand dollars comes in and then ask her how she felt when her daughter ran to her after winning the long jump at her high school. Not the coach, not a friend. She runs to her proud rich mother who couldn't care less about the money and will never forget being the one who mattered most in that moment.
At any given time a productive country has three dominant platforms for expression that socialist constructs seek to control as the source of their influence over the producers and their production. Politics, Media, and Economy. Usually the diversity affords some option of expression.
When one is being dominated by a special interest the other paths become more important. If Politics becomes more Socialist, as in driven by special interest over the citizens, then the Media or the Economy should allow alternative methods to get voices out there we can't safely enjoy at the Political level and so on.
A socialist twilight, the stage just before full communist or corporatist conversion, is defined by the blocking of all three simultaneously. When we are no longer allowed a say in the Economy because trade deals preempt us. When we have no say in the Media because advertisers preempt us. When we have no say in the Politics because the culture warriors preempt us.
When all opportunity to matter is blocked off, that is the point where the sun sets on a once great nation. That's the point where globalist forces run everything real in our world and our country is no longer ours. This is also the point where ordinary people start joining the outsiders in there quest to save as many as possible from the inevitable collapse. Possibly beginning plans for the next world to come.
We hear about the collapse a lot from all sides, how to avoid it, how to ignore it, how to profit from it, how to hide. Even how many can thrive as the old guard retreats. Ask, though, why it happens at all. Why can't the money inflate forever if they can control the rate of it? Doesn't too big to fail prove that nothing has to fail, a big bailout is all it will take to save the day...right?
No...none of that will stop producers from realizing they are being milked like cows and treated to only a small fraction of their earned proportion to the volume of that milk.
When the producers stop producing...the collapse is inevitable. At first they'll pass laws forcing you to work. Forcing you to grow crops you don't want to. When you refuse they will adjust tax regulations further to place your family's life on the line. If that doesn't get you farming they will point a gun at someone you care about and then they'll point it at you. If that doesn't work they'll remove you.
Remember, though, that they can NOT replace you. Socialists can't produce they can only harvest and steal. Each one of us that dies resisting their agenda is another nail in their own coffins. So play dumb, play ignorant. Walk away and wait for a better day. Train and prepare. What can they do about it?
Nothing, let them starve. In a few years we will step over their broken ideology and take our country back by building new enterprises even more successful than the ones before. We'll laugh and call this progress. Even doing nothing for a time, resting, gaining strength for the adventures to come can in fact be the right move...if it's relevant.
The final expression of all socialism is slavery. Do as the slaves have done; pretend you can't read or write when the mainstream is watching you. Play dumb, and all the while build your boodle in secret.