reply to post by ANOK
Whilst I agree the OP's premise is ridiculous, I do disagree with your assertion that we're all about throw away items and it's the fault of
Yes, outsourcing has given us access to items that can be made far cheaper elsewhere, but that doesn't neccesarily mean a drop in quality.
A shirt made in Thailand will be the same as a shirt made in the USA and will be of comparable quality, but the USA worker will demand more pay,
driving up the price. In that instance, the "consumer", faced with negligible difference in quality, will go for the lowest price.
On the flip side, high-end goods such as cars will sell based mainly on their build quality and operation, rather than on price. European cars,
despite having high production costs from the highly paid workforce, still sell very well owing to the higher build quality.
Conversely, US made cars never sold well outside the US because the build quality was low and fuel efficiency was treated like some sort of myth, much
like the fact than anything made outside of one's own country must be of a lower quality.
The USA never really had a massive export manufacturing business, rather relying on the home market and protectionism. "Made in the USA" was as much
a sign of shoddy work as "Made in China" is nowadays, which is why it made perfect sense to outsource the work as it could be done to the same level
for much less.
If any country in the West wants to boost it's manufacturing, it must go into high-end production where quality matters and
make sure it
stands up to scrutiny. Even today, the latest "supercars" of the Chevvy production line are tacky, of low build quality but yet command the same
price tag (owing to high costs) as a Porsche, Audi, Ferrari or BMW which are undeniably superior cars technically and of better build quality.