The struggling middle class (that is, most of the middle class) today can be suitably termed the under-self-sufficient class, considering their economic reality is one of under self sufficiency, when their income is assessed for realistic self sufficiency—that is The Self-Sufficiency Standard + 35%. And that doesn’t measure prosperity; it measures just the bare essentials for an economic self-sufficient existence.
From a teacher making $52,000 per year in Florida to a secretary making $28,220 per year in São Paulo, from an accountant making ‘₹’250,000 per year ($3,375 per year) in Mumbai to an administrative assistant making $8,844 per year in Lagos, the struggling middle class have no shortage of well-educated people with well-respected jobs. Yet these professionals are all economically depressed, living paycheck to paycheck or worse, due to the lopsided changes in capitalism in the 1980s and the subsequent economic ramifications—including near stagnation of wages and the steep rise in the cost of living—during that period and especially over the last 10 years.
How we help the struggling middle class realize prosperity
Many of our programs, as detailed on our What We Do page, help the struggling middle class move from under-self-sufficiency to prosperity. These programs include: Humanity-First Capitalism, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Advocacy, Safety Net Programs, Policy Oversight, Prosperity Monitoring, Community Development, Sports, Personal Edification, Personal Well-Being, and Personal Advancement.