The Economics of Love: How to Profit from the Coming Collapse of the Mating Market

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In the spirit
of Peter Schiff’s masterpiece, Crash-proof:
How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse
, a sobering
account of where our nation is headed given Washington’s disastrous
economic policies and what you can do to prepare, we should also
try to assess the potential damage on our prospects of finding a
quality date in the event of such a disaster.

Have you ever
wondered why many Thai women, especially those from small, economicall-depressed
fishing villages, actively seek out foreigners for marriage? Or
why American men willingly fork over boatloads of cash for hot,
Russian mail-order brides? Market forces, son, market forces.

If we’re being
honest with ourselves, there does seem to be a global pecking order,
an unwritten system of classification which affects our perceived
repoductive value. For the moment, Americans can claim reproductive
supremacy, as most people on this planet would probably mate with
an American due to our nation’s status as an economic superpower.

In a purely
materialistic society, where people are no more than their bank
accounts, high-powered careers, or physical attributes, everyone
would most likely date American, so it’s no surprise that Americans
tend to get spoiled, entitled, and stuck up.

Theory and

A significant
number of singles in the New York metro area pointed to what seemed
like mysterious cultural differences between Americans and the people
from other countries. Clara Trischler, a 24-year-old Austrian visiting
New York City, had her own theory about American women.

stupid to generalize," she said, "but I think American
girls play harder to get."

Trischler made
her observation from the upstairs lounge of an East Village bar,
where she mingled with friends and travelers from other lands –
Americans, Europeans, and South-Asians.

If it’s true
that being in the dating market is no different than being in the
market for a good washing machine, then perhaps Trischler was seeing
American women simply exercising their dominance as a name brand,
knowing that wherever they go, they’re going to be in high demand,
kind of like a pair of Jimmy Choos.

Even first-generation
Americans like Croatian-American Diane Kolanovic notice a strange
sense of entitlement among fellow Americans when it comes to dating.

"At American
bars, it’s all ‘What do you do?’ instead of just having fun,"
she said.

Kolanovic stood
at the bar with her two cousins at Copacabana’s Hawaiian party.
Large parties at Copacabana are usually well-attended by Port Chester’s
Brazilian crowd, but also draw people like Kolanovic, who are looking
for a more culturally diverse group of party-goers.

But what would
cause an American to choose a place like Copacabana over a more
typical venue? Maybe decades of unbridled economic growth in America
have spawned such an entitled, materialistic generation of singles,
that even fellow Americans find the whole experience disconcerting.

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9, 2010

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