I completely concur with the sentiments in this post.
However, the decline of mfg employment -- not actual production, which is vastly increased -- is a structural consequence of the advance of technology -- as is globalization itself in large measure. Economies of scale are made dominant and largely (barring warfare) inevitable.
However, if you are poor (citizens) state doomed either by the curse of natural resources or primitive agriculture, mfg can be the only bridge to the rise in human capital (skills) necessary for rising standards of living.
I fear this is the case in Jefferson County, WV.
By all rights the county's scenic location within 70 miles of two major cities, should give it opportunities to turn itself into a Silicon Valley, or a suburban Massachusetts style service/high tech economy. However, two fundamental requirements for such a vision are transportation and an educated workforce, AND significant engineering and innovation support in the university system. None of that is available given the corrupt state leadership. The Marc train has less chance of finding a sustainable funding stream than the PEIA (pub employees insurance fund). The WV senate just approved a plan to destroy what remains of public education in the state. The billionaire-coal Governor believes Trump is a paragon of family values.
Even tourism becomes poisoned by parochial and ignorant prejudices, sustained by poverties of culture and thought, such as the Harpers Ferry Mayor who has blocked rebuilding of one of the areas premier properties -- The Hilltop Hotel.
Without mfg only massive investments in education and public works will do the trick. For a natural resource state or country, if you overthrow the thugs and bandits and do a Norway Sovereign wealth fund, you may have a chance at civilization and progress. Otherwise, you need powerful, and progressive, friends. Knights, so to speak. A daddy?
Don't see one coming over the hill....
Should We Mourn the Loss of Industrial Jobs?
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