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Video: Bridge Girder Machine

Written by Gary North on October 31, 2015

This is an amazing video. Over three million people have seen it. Notice that there are a dozen workers on the bridge. There may not be as many as there would have been, had the machine not been invented, but there are still employees. They are skilled employees. Message: don’t be John Henry.

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Outsourcing Jobs to Asian Villages

Written by Gary North on March 28, 2015


So, you thought you would not face the Asian hordes in your lifetime. No such luck. The hordes will soon be connected to the Web — for free. You won’t be. They will be. They will be able to say those powerful words: “I’ll do it a lot cheaper.” The price of Asian-made smart phones […]

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Public Sector Unions in Wisconsin Are Dying

Written by Gary North on February 23, 2015


Gov. Scott Walker and the legislature were successful in 2011 in passing a law that undermined the ability of unions in the public sector to strike. This took away the threat of the public unions. Wikipedia describes the law. The bill requires additional contributions by state and local government workers to their health care plans […]

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Flash! Walmart Can Hire All the People It Wants at Low Wages!

Written by Gary North on February 20, 2015


Stop the presses! (You remember presses, don’t you?) “Walmart is paying people $9 an hour.” The Leftist press is outraged. “It’s a public relations stunt! It’s not enough!” Doubt me? Click here. Paying $9 an hour is enough to keep workers from quitting. It’s enough to get potential workers filling out job applications forms. If […]

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True Grit: Man Walks 21 Miles to Work and 23 Back

Written by Gary North on February 4, 2015


To keep his $10.55 an hour job, this 56-year-old man walks almost 45 miles a day, five days a week. He has done this for over a decade. He is serious about working. He says this: “Nobody can say I haven’t paid my dues.” If someone wants to pay these dues, he can find work. […]

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Labor Unions: Just About Gone

Written by Gary North on January 27, 2015


The experiment is over in the United States. Except for unions of tax-supported workers, they’re kaput. They only existed because the federal government gave them monopolies. Now the National Labor Relations Board is impotent. White collar workers won’t vote to join. Unions can’t shut down industries with strikes. They are hard pressed to close a […]

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“Illegal Immigrants Steal Americans’ Jobs.”

Written by Gary North on December 17, 2014


This is another cliché of protectionism. I keep adding more, here: http://www.garynorth.com/public/department162.cfm The logic of economics applies across borders: county, state, and national. Deny this, and you deny economics. Conservatives deny economics. They promote tariffs and import quotas across national borders, but not state and county borders. Ludwig von Mises had a word for this: […]

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“Dr. Gort Will See You Now.”

Posted on December 16, 2014

. . . look at the future of the general practitioner of medicine. This is considered the epitome of the high-skilled, secure, remunerative job. Four years of college! Four years of medical school! Internship! Residency! Government-protected cartel membership! And yet, this profession is going the way of the dodo bird. To understand why, the first […]

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Chicago Imposes a $13/Hour Minimum Wage by 2019

Written by Gary North on December 3, 2014


Chicago has just sent businesses a message: “It’s time to adopt labor-saving machinery. Fire some workers.” It sent a message to adjoining suburban towns: “You will get lots of Chicago public transit commuters looking for work — cheap.” It sent a message to the city’s welfare office: “Prepare for a flood.” It sent a message […]

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