from Jesse’s Café Américain:
“Wall Street told US manufacturers to move their production to China in order to increase profits from lower labor and regulatory costs, or Wall Street would finance takeovers of the companies, and the new owners would raise the firms’ profitability by moving production offshore. Large retailers, such as Walmart, ordered suppliers ‘to meet the Chinese price.’
When the jobs were in the US, most of the gains in productivity went to labor. Therefore, real median family incomes rose through time, and the consumer purchasing power this income growth provided drove the US economy to success for ever more people. When the jobs were moved to Asia, the growth in real median US family incomes stopped and declined.”
Paul Craig Roberts
“A credibility trap is when the managerial functions of a society have been sufficiently compromised by corruption so that the leadership cannot reform, or even honestly address, the problems of that system without implicating a broad swath of the powerful, including themselves.
The moneyed interests and their aspirants tolerate the corruption because they have profited from it, and would like to continue to do so. Discipline is maintained by various forms of soft financial rewards and social coercion.”
I don’t necessarily agree with Paul C. Roberts on many things, but I know the above to be true. I saw it happening up close and personal. It was fairly obvious really to the objective and informed observers of history. Ideologues of all persuasions, not so much— they are always lost in some new era, with those things outside the boundaries of their reality proscribed by utterly inadequate models, selective facts, and self-defining truths.
The sophists in the professional class will say ‘prove it,’ and offer their tortured models and selective histories to show that this was merely the natural path of progress and technology, ie unavoidable. But they will feel your pain, from a distance.
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