Adam Ozimek tells some hard truths about progress:
Ads like this beg the question of why we only get angry when jobs are lost to trade. Yes, there have been many manufacturing jobs lost as companies increasingly produce and assemble manufactured goods in China, Vietnam, and many other areas of Asia. But the destruction of jobs not a byproduct of trade alone, but a byproduct of progress in general. Technology, for instance, is easily as a powerful a job killer as trade. ... Yet could you imagine a campaign ad criticizing a politician because he supported technology? Or productivity?
It’s important to recognize that there are very few forms of progress that don’t make some people worse off.
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