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  •  Deskilling and automation (3+ / 0-)
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    Utahrd, FarWestGirl, walkshills

    A cobbler is a high skill expensive position.

    The guy who pushes a button on a plastic injection machine to make 10000 pairs of crocs is not.

    The second guy is far more productive than the first.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 12:39:42 PM PST

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    •  But there remains a market for both products (3+ / 0-)
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      zaka1, elwior, walkshills

      even if the market for more expensive (but material and labor standards) products is smaller, it still exists.

      Why is more productivity relative to end product not in the equation?


      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

      by Angie in WA State on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 02:33:29 PM PST

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      •  I think because as (2+ / 0-)
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        elwior, walkshills

        people's incomes shrank they needed cheaper goods to compensate for their money not going as far as it once did.  I can honestly say that the quality of many goods today is much more inferior than it was thirty years ago.  I still have things that are old, but work better than goods made today.

        It all began with the outlet stores and now we are all shopping at the dollar store just twenty years later.

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 03:10:27 PM PST

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      •  Here's the difference though (2+ / 0-)
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        WillR, walkshills

        Machines are starting to make shoes of superior quality than even the cobbler, cheaper, more uniform, and with fewer defects.

        Nicer stuff isn't usually handmade anymore. It's just made with better materials and machines.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 03:56:48 PM PST

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