Perspective: Why the US pines for manufacturing

By Gary Sernovitz, for The New Yorker

Aug 08, 2016

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The American industries that are succeeding—including highly automated manufacturers—will continue to do so, taking a greater share of national jobs, national wealth, and maybe the national self-image.

For individuals who have lost factory jobs, it’s clear why a decline in manufacturing work matters. And for manufacturing-dependent communities, which have seen their buildings gutted, and their populations in rapid decline, our hearts break as consistently as our policies fail.

Yet these are local stories in a complex and otherwise relatively healthy American economy. So why has the revival of manufacturing become the centerpiece of a national campaign and an urgent American priority?

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