I keep forgetting to link to my column when it comes out. I pledge to forget less frequently.
The typical story that the left tells about the relative decline of the American working class is that it was the outcome of inevitable technological and historical processes. You can see many of the shells of old factories all around the “rust belt” yourself. Formerly great industrial cities like Detroit have become ruins with governance more typical of war-torn African countries than those you would expect in the West in the matter of few short decades.
The claims about the ‘obsolescence’ of industrial work are entirely false. There’s still an enormous amount of mass industrial labor going on. It just happens in Asia, with Asians doing the work for the pay that is appropriate for their jobs. This has happened repeatedly, especially since the 1970s, as the United States has made it harsher and harsher for businesses that have anything to do with the physical world to create businesses here that employ people.
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