a blog with cultural bulimia.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Help Wanted

Much as happiness is the solution to depression and tallness the remedy for shortness...
Help Wanted by Walter Kirn

"Maybe a redefinition of ''work'' is called for so that the term will no longer refer to making things (or to manipulating symbols) but only to buying and using them up -- tasks we still excel at. Maybe Americans should be paid consumers, retained by China to absorb the output of the factories that closed here and opened there but won't be able to stay in operation unless the American workers who got canned can purchase the things they no longer get paid to make. How about a Marshall Plan for Cleveland financed by Beijing?"