I wish I could say I disagree, but I don’t.
I’ve long since come to the conclusion that this country, as envisioned by the founders, is on it’s way out. What it will become, I don’t know, but I don’t think I’m going to like it. In the early days, people like me made their way West when the government or the population simply became too much.
That luxury is gone, and has been for a long time. There is no place on this globe that the intrusive hand of government doesn’t reach out to gather us in and take care of us–like it or not. And Man is present everywhere, from pole to pole.
Being a science fiction fan, I have to believe the answer lies UP. If we could get the government out of the space business for just a few years, we would have a chance to get off this rock once and for all. Then people like me would have a safety valve–a place where we could go and make it or not by our own efforts.
Anything that mentions a “Belter” (as in asteroid belt) culture, especially the works of Robert A. Heinlein and Larry Niven.
Pallas by L. Neil Smith
The High Frontier by Gerald K. O’Neill
There’s more, but these and Google will get you started.