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Mike provides leadership encouraging the love of manual work. Our desire to work less and eventually love it less is the slippery slope.

The need to do College at all costs has not helped us as a society. Mike Rowe perfectly illustrates the necessity and importance and relevance of what he calls 'Dirty Work' in our society. If more of our youth can embrace this concept and our titans of Industry will invest their ideas and wealth we will begin to make things and sell them to our neighbours as well as others around the world. That is power, and that Power will be the Knowledge we will earn and reap its rewards.

  • Feb 6 2013: Ted: You are right. That's the problem twofold. We don't want the dirty work and the titans don't want to invest in people who do.
    Fortunately or otherwise there isn't a PhD around every corner; there are however ordinary people who need work and we (The Country) need them working to avoid jail time and to pay taxes for everyone's benefit. If we don't get it right, if we don't get this issue in balance there is trouble, big trouble ahead for everyone.
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    Feb 6 2013: The flaw that I see in your argument is that the titans of industry do not care about you. They care about money. Automation is less expensive than human means of production. That's why automation is on the increase - and it jumps a lot with every recession.

    If you allow your mind to wander to the inevitable conclusion, you can see how absurd the situation is. But it's real.
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    Feb 5 2013: Many people love to make things with their hands. Dale Dougherty in his TED talk talks about the Maker Movement, which has taken off worldwide. Make magazine in both its regular and craft versions have a large readership.

    People do make and sell handcrafted items. As you look at things you have- clothes, furnishings maybe, kitchen implements, you can ask yourself whether a handmade version exists and why you may have a mass produced version. Let's take clothing, for example, for someone who cannot sew his own. Why are your clothes not all handmade? Or your furniture?

    For most people, it will be because handmade versions are much, much more expensive.