Go early. Go hard. Go cutlery.

From Kevin Williamson in National Review:

There is a famous (apocryphal) story about Milton Friedman visiting a canal-building project in China and seeing that the workers were using picks and shovels instead of modern earth-moving equipment, even though it was available. “Why aren’t you using the machines?” Friedman asked the project supervisor. “Because we know how to create jobs!” came the reply. Friedman considered for a moment, and asked, “Then why not use spoons?”

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15 Responses to Go early. Go hard. Go cutlery.

  1. Karabar

    SHH! Don’t tell Di Nuttello.

  2. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    Deng Xiaoping…..”to get rich is glorious!”

    Seems the Chinese followed Deng’s advice with great enthusiasm.

  3. Buccaneer

    Don’t worry, the green alp coalition want to bring back death duties. Going cutlery is already in the plan.

  4. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    I have hand-dug a trench with a chisel and a screwdriver. Hours of awful, sweaty hard labour. The things we do for mates…

    It would have taken minutes with a dingo or bobcat.

    Productivity is the key to economic prosperity.

  5. C.L.

    In Harrison Salisbury’s very good dual biography of Mao and Deng, he relates the harrowing fact that the former’s constipation was so chronic that a faithful staffer was always at hand to digitally coax things along when necessary – which was often.

    This came to mind for some reason.

  6. Roger

    Don’t take this the wrong way, TAKFAS, but this is your best post ever.

  7. Chris M

    I have hand-dug a trench with a chisel and a screwdriver. Hours of awful, sweaty hard labour. The things we do for mates…

    That would be inmates?

  8. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Not sure where in the prison we got the vibrating compactor from. Or that prisoners could sell lifestyle blocks.

  9. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Screw it.

    Good people will go to gaol over these insane economic policies.

  10. mh

    Mayor de Blasio’s ‘robot tax’ aims to save workers from the ‘threat of automation’

    https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/de-blasios-robot-tax-save-workers-threat-automation

  11. tgs

    JB of Sydney/Shanghai
    #3149039, posted on September 6, 2019 at 4:53 pm
    Deng Xiaoping…..”to get rich is glorious!”

    Seems the Chinese followed Deng’s advice with great enthusiasm.

    A significant minority, sure. There’s still a whole lot of them in poverty though.

  12. Lee

    Sounds like Greens’ lunatic economic policy.

  13. Tel

    Mayor de Blasio’s ‘robot tax’ aims to save workers from the ‘threat of automation’

    Better tax those Bloomberg Terminals for replacing a boy running down the street.

  14. yarpos

    Was working at a site in Malaysia where my ex company was expnading an existing plant. Was walking around the site with the manager and noted a few gardeners cuting large areas of grass with line trimmers/brush cutters. Hard work in 38C and stinking humidity.

    Asked why the company didnt spring for a couple of lawnmowers. His response was that it wasnt about efficiency and that part of the factory deal was to provide employment for a number of the rural locals who had no education. It was dissapointing that this was as far as they could or would think on the issue , but I guess he had a factory to build. I guess I was also putting my western values on things , the same way people want to criticise actions of those hundreds of years ago based on how society operates now.

  15. Paul

    To answer MFs question: “Marginal utility.” You can only fit so many people in the trench before they start getting in each others’ way. Picks, shovels and wheelbarrows are optimal tools to move the required amount of dirt with the available manpower. Now fuck off Milton.

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