Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Benefits Of Industrialization

Buttonwood:
There is a tendency to look back on the pre-industrial era as an idyll. But if you think life was great before sordid commericalism appeared, you should try being a peasant. Life was a combination of back-breaking work, few human rights, illiteracy, short life expectancy and little chance for advancement (especially for women). It is no coincidence that all these things have improved in our more sophisticated economy.

He's hinting at but doesn't mention explicitly my personal favorite benefit of industrialization -- abolition.

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