The Value of the Manual Trades, Personally and Economically

By June 10, 2009General

From Popular Mechanics, “Questions for Matthew B. Crawford, Author of Shop Class as Soul Craft.”

In his new book, Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work, Matthew Crawford opines that the manual trades offer the best hope of U.S. self-reliance and satisfaction at a time when many of us feel a bit out-of-touch. In other words, wrenching is good for the country—and good for you. Of course, we couldn’t agree more. Making things and fixing broken parts with our own hands is not only satisfying, but it’s also not the kind of work that could ever become obsolete or outsourced. Your neighborhood plumber isn’t likely to be replaced by a boiler room full of consultants in Mumbai, right?

(Hat tip: Glenn Reynolds.)

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