The End of Manufacturing, Or: Who REALLY killed JFK

by hulk

I was driving through (deleted) today, exploring the suburbs, especially the west side since I’m more familiar with the east. I didn’t find much. But on my way back, I drove through the skeletal remains of (deleted). Humongous buildings, now partially rented out to little manufacturing companies and mostly empty. And these buildings are cool. I drove by a theater at (deleted), whether for displaying moving film or for the entertainment of the employees, I don’t know. Then I drove south through a depressed neighborhood full of beautiful mansions that are now subdivided into apartments and falling apart. And I thought of the age of manufacturing, and how it’s dead now.

Manufacturing drove this country and its wants and needs for three centuries. And now we’re left with abandoned industrial parks and products stamped with “Made in China”. You can’t blame the Chinese, they’re people who want to work and feed their kids too. You can’t blame the companies; contrary to popular belief among drugged-out long-haired white twenty-somethings, most companies are not run by soulless bastards. It’s just simply cheaper to produce things in China. Granted, it hurts the community here, and sometimes (though increasingly less so) quality suffers. But if they don’t find cheaper labor, a competitor will go to China and you’ll start buying the competitor’s products and then *everyone* at the first company is out of a job.try and its wants and needs for three centuries. And now we’re left with abandoned industrial parks and products stamped with “Made in China”. You can’t blame the Chinese, they’re people who want to work and feed their kids too. You can’t blame the companies; contrary to popular belief among drugged-out long-haired white twenty-somethings, most companies are not run by soulless bastards. It’s just simply cheaper to produce things in China. Granted, it hurts the community here, and sometimes (though increasingly less so) quality suffers. But if they don’t find cheaper labor, a competitor will go to China and you’ll start buying the competitor’s products and then EVERYONE at the first company is out of a job. Read the rest of this entry »