Case in point #796:  America is still, despite how it may sometimes appear, the premier manufacturing nation in the world.  What we see is more production of goods but fewer individuals necessary to produce those goods.  That frees up people to perform more valuable services:  rather than being cogs in an assembly line, they create or oversee the automated assembly equipment or provide services in an entirely different industry.

Because this is supposed to be a short blog post, I won’t get into the deeper and legitimate issue of people who have spent their lives in factories and have no other skills or those who aren’t intelligent enough to be “knowledge workers” (or symbol manipulators).  Those deserve a fuller explication than I could give in this particular post.


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