No it is not to give up… never do that but change has to start with one then groups that hold themselves accountable without taking responsibility there can be no change. Without recognizing what and where it went wrong you can not build without repeating same errors.
The one advantage the rest of world has is a revolution in manufacturing coming everywhere soon with 3d printing will change it all like the industrial revolution did. Ask how you position yourself/ group to take advantage of this?
Those who cant find the few places left to earn descent money will have a very rough path, unless you can self sustain?