For the past couple of months, I’ve been working on an article about how a sporting goods manufacturer is moving their production to China. I’ve tried to stay really open minded about it. I don’t, just in principal, object to offshoring – hell, I’ve worked in software! – and I’m still developing my conclusions around this issue.
But as a byproduct of my research, I’ve been paying really close attention to where the stuff I buy is made and trying to select American made goods. You know what? It is really hard to do. REALLY hard. You should try it. No, really, you should. I’m not saying you have to get all hardline and buy only American made goods. What I’m saying is that I dare you to pay attention to where the stuff you’re buying already comes from.
For me, it’s really driven home the death of US manufacturing. (Okay, I got it when I saw Roger and Me. I’m not a total ninny.) But STILL. Think about the jobs. Think about what’s making the US economy go. We’re not making stuff that people can use even if we are selling it to them at cut prices out of box stores. Also, what are we doing for a living? We can’t all be “knowledge workers.”
I can’t stop thinking about or start shutting up about this. The thing that bugs me most of all is that I don’t know what an educated consumer is supposed to do when they need new underwear.