Yes, it's becoming more difficult, with every passing day, to become a viable human being, as the world defines viable. By viable, I'm talking about a person that can have financial, geographic, and governmental, and other associations deemed binding and in agreement. If you desire a post office box you're going to be asked for a physical address, and a utility bill. If you desire a bank or credit union account, get ready to hand over two forms of photo identification. If you don't have that second photo id, get ready to send the U.S. government north of $100 dollars to acquire it. For those, like myself, who are presently unemployed, living under the roof of a family member or friend, you quickly find yourself "off the grid" and unable to accept a check, or rent a car, or needing your provider of temporary housing to accompany you to the post office to vouch for your humble request for a post office box.
And this is just the beginning of a whole class of people, educated people, moral and cival people, who are being pushed off the grid because of how complicated the grid has become. This complexity has arrisen from three decades of growing immoral, uncivilized, greed driven mentality. Thrity years ago you could walk into a bank and start a savings account with nothing more than a signature. You will discover today it is terrorism that is mentioned, forcing the requirement that you present information equilivant to applying for a loan in order to place your money in practically any financial institution. Without your ability to fill in all the boxes on a multipage application, you may as well opt instead for an empty mason jar and a soft spot in the back yard. But no big deal, because there's as good a chance you'll earn interest on that buried money as you will in a savings account in this current U.S. economy.
For those of us who have suffered from the effects of the United States Recession of 2008-2009, expect us to resurface in 2020 when our credit reports have cleared the bankruptcies and foreclosures, not of our own doing necessarily, but of being born in the 1960's and '70s only to find ourselves as adults entering a financial market primed for collapse. And if we've learned our lesson by 2020, it will be that we are just fine without the banks, the insurance companies, the credit card companies, and anybody else desiring to sell convienience or fear at a premium price. After all this, let us get real on what is a necessity and what is indeed a convienience or luxury or a grasping hand at control.