Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pleasant Economy?

"Up and down society, people are moving away from commercial, productive activities and toward pleasant,enlightened but less productive ones."

David Brooks, "The Genteel Nation," The New York Times, September 10, 2010.

This essay has at least two problems. First, there is not much attention to the economy itself -- the evolution of the service economy, the export of producer goods, transnational corporations, plant relocations. NAFTA! Does the hollowing out of the economy and the decline of unions have anything to do with people's ideas and choices. Second, innovation, knowledge, and the world of creativity are key to the economy, not the only thing, but important. Many of these occupations are both pleasant and productive

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