Yes, much better
Yes, slightly better
No, slightly worse
No, much worse
I can't make up my mind
Remember this, ladies & gentlemen?
The 20th century saw the emergence of 3 extreme forms of fascism
SO if you are not content with the level of fascist slavery imposed upon the peoples of the world in the 21st century, then I suggest you look at what happened in the 20th century rather than worrying about the 19th century
If I wanted to life a 19c lifestyle with no electricity, no real medicine, no vehicle, etc. I could probably do so extremely cheaply.
Heck, not having a cell phone, water bill (you have a pump well or a traditional well now), electricity bill, internet bill, car payment, car insurance, an inexpensive simple home with maybe one or two rooms that is drafty as all get out (and is basically a shack by today's standards), etc. You are going to take a serious reduction in your monthly expenses, that is probably 1-2k (depending on specifics) right there that you don't need.
If you go as far as grow your own food, do canning for the winter, dig a stores cellar, etc, you spend even less money.
If you don't go with medical insurance, any type of perscription medicine or even acetominophen, it costs even less! (you could probably take something like tylonel though since they did have these kinds of simple medicines back then, so its a good analogue). I hope you never need to use antibiotics or a simple disinfectant.
In my mind, all of those wonderful things, make my life better and more pleasurable, but we can certainly list those things we would have to do without and see if we really want to live that lifestyle. It is certainly doable even in modern times.
With our Neville Chamberlain president we are headed towards a nuclear WWIII.
Of course we're better off now. Life expectancies are waaaaay longer. All kinds or creature comforts from central heating and air conditioning to refrigeration and electricity. And lets not forget indoor plumbing, although unfortunately big government has popped up its ugly head and individually mandated it for buildings where people work and live. If you don't have running water and the toilet won't flush, the police powers of the state will encroach upon freedom and force you to fix it/get service reconnected or they condemn the building and ban people from entering PRIVATELY owned property. Transportation in the 21st century would make the animal back crown of the 19th century stand in awe. And lets not forget social advances like no more slavery and segregation.
Having opinions all over the map is a good sign of a person capable of autonomous thinking. Felix -2011
I believe I understood you are Swedish? If so I think Gustav Adolphus (King) was probably the greatest your country ever had. He sure saved our bacon.
"Those who do not learn from history and condemned to relive it".
"There are those who will debate the necessity of wilderness, I will not, either you know it in your bones or you are very very old". Aldo Leopold - Sand County Almanac