Have you noticed we hardly actually make anything anymore? Oh, we make airplanes and high tech medical equipment, but we no longer make the little things people use every day, like shoes and waffle irons. Go to Wal-Mart and check the country of origin on the boxes. If we did, one day, want or have to start making stuff again, would anyone know how to do it?
Making stuff is all the rage
In countries far away
They work for a subsistence wage
A couple bucks a day
While here at home the folks pretend
They’re working hard but they’re
Just stacking paper end to end
To climb that corporate stair
No need to dirty up one’s hands
By working with the soil
No, building things on shifting sands
Is what we now call toil
We’ve built a nice society
Where everyone’s a king
But soon will come sobriety
‘Cause we don’t build a thing
That ordinary people want
That people really need
Who wants to work, that’s just a stunt
What’s real is wholesome greed
What’s that you say, it’s coming down?
Just watch it all collapse?
Oh well, we’ve had our time in town
The kids will pay, perhaps
Walt, this is grim. I don’t make anything!