The Collapse of American Industry

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  1. G-Force Junkie

    G-Force Junkie Old Vulcan Guy

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    After reading a number of the threads here lately, I've come to the conclusion that it is the general consensus that the American industrial economy is collapsing (if not already collapsed). The point of this thread is to discuss how American industry could turn this tread around and once more become competitive on the world market. How can America successfully move away from a service-based economy and towards a more industry-based economy?
     
  2. Godwynn

    Godwynn March to the Sea

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    It cannot, we have a minimum wage.
     
  3. Winner

    Winner Diverse in Unity

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    Scrap democracy, elect communists and you'll have plenty of industry, believe me :)
     
  4. El_Machinae

    El_Machinae Colour vision since 2018 Retired Moderator

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    Put down the gameboy and the VISA.

    Doesn't really matter, a service-based economy can easily thrive. A society needs less and less actual products to be wealthy, as long as people get their specialised goods.

    Exporting management usually helps, too.
     
  5. Perfection

    Perfection The Great Head.

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    First off manufacturing jobs aren't collapsing. They're declining and the wil continue to decline. It's not a bad thing, though because there are plenty of other sectors are increasing.
     
  6. Yoda Power

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    The US economy will never collapse as long as the dollar is the international currency.
     
  7. JerichoHill

    JerichoHill Bedrock of Knowledge

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    Umm

    The economist here says " Well, that's pretty much not true"

    We don't WANT to be an industry based economy, the next evolution of economies is in service. Likely the next after that will be bio/nano. We want to be on the cusp of each new economy type.

    The American industry isn't collapsing. That's the wrong choice of a very negatively charged word. Economies constantly change. The economy that doesn't is the one that suffers.
     
  8. El_Machinae

    El_Machinae Colour vision since 2018 Retired Moderator

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    Bio/nano is just a variant on either service or industry.

    That said, I'm looking forward to it.
     
  9. El_Machinae

    El_Machinae Colour vision since 2018 Retired Moderator

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    The biggest current risk factor to the American Economy is this trend towards closing borders and reneging on international agreements. While it won't stop the growth, it will limit it. Hurting trade hurts the economy.

    Climate Change will be a problem too, but less of a problem than elsewhere. Though the loss of wealth caused by migrations are depressing. The over-consumption of groundwater will bite people in the butt too. The free market will provide, but not without people suffering.
     
  10. JerichoHill

    JerichoHill Bedrock of Knowledge

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    Maybe I should sell the beach house?
     
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    emzie wicked witch of the North

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    Where's yours? My family has one in Cape May. It's right on the inland water way -- back yard is salt water. If the oceans rise 8 feet it's doomed.
     
  12. JerichoHill

    JerichoHill Bedrock of Knowledge

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    Virginia Beach. Got other one on an island near St. Martin.

    It was a rhetorical question.
     
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    Buy a new one in Arizona....
     
  14. ArneHD

    ArneHD Just a little bit mad

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    Robots, you can exploit them as much as you want and they won't do a thing against it untill they explode.
     
  15. JerichoHill

    JerichoHill Bedrock of Knowledge

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    What about the Matrix? Man we should all be Luddites
     
  16. ArneHD

    ArneHD Just a little bit mad

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    AH, HAH! Got you! Your acctually a simple living advocate!

    Joke aside (as it was meant), untill we understand how humans think, I do not think there is any risk of making thinking robots.
     
  17. JerichoHill

    JerichoHill Bedrock of Knowledge

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    That's right, I think we should manage our economy via the abacus.

    I personally think we should pour all our efforts into cloning Jessica Alba and solving the aging process problem. I could think of not much better...
     
  18. Riesstiu IV

    Riesstiu IV Deity

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    How would that stop the US economy from collapsing?
     
  19. Naval Power

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    A service economy is a step above an industrial economy. It is even referred to as post-industrial.

    Also, I am reasonably certain that the US has more manufacturing capability than at any other time in its history. What we are noticing is our share of world industry is declining as other countries develop their own economies. Also industries share in our economy is declining (though the actual industrial capability has no doubt gone up) because services are rapidly growing.
     
  20. Kozmos

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    It doesnt matter anyway the entire industrial complex will have to reform once nanomolecular manufacturing comes into play.
     

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