Ye Olde Question for Mister Brooks

by Don Boudreaux on July 5, 2011

in Complexity & Emergence, Growth, Innovation, Myths and Fallacies, Seen and Unseen, Work

In his column in today’s New York Times, David Brooks lists as among America’s “problems” (his word) the fact that

[m]anufacturing employment is cratering even as output rises.

I wonder if Brooks writes his columns, essays, and books using only a quill, parchment, and snailmail.  If he doesn’t use these inefficient means of production – that is, if he in fact uses computers, word-processing software, ink-jet printers, e-mail, and other modern techniques that increase his productivity (and, thus, that cause the amount of time that he and others spend producing punditicities to crater even as their output rises) – why does he bemoan increasing worker productivity in the manufacturing sector?


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