Obama gives props to "the makers of things"

This isn't a political post - just an observation. I took note of the phrase "makers of things" during Obama's inauguration speech. Go Makers!

"In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom."

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lemonie7 years ago
I don't know who wrote that speech, but it's roughly correct.
Exploiting slaves and displacing / killing the native inhabitants of North |America, isn't something I'd expect the US president to mention. Ditto moving steelworks to Mexico. Getting "Chinamen" to toil and die building a railroad isn't something I'd expect the president to say either, but as Goodhart says, good American-capitalists will source making to the cheapest labour available. And that is/has been "the American way", mirrored elsewhere across the globe.
Like all good politicians this speech is worthless political-puff, wait for some real action before pinning any hopes an something being done that makes a difference.

zieak (author)  lemonie7 years ago
And England never prospered because of colonialism...


Did you read a recent article in WIRED about entrepreneurs and the garage-industries That have popped up?  I forget the term they coined in the article.  It was really fascinating stuff.
In fact, many economists and historians associate "Imperial Preference" - a market closed only to goods produced from the empire with the decline of Britain from the end of the 19th century.
lemonie zieak7 years ago
"mirrored elsewhere across the globe"
No I missed the WIRED article, can you find it somewhere?

.  While it may all be all too true, somehow, hearing it from a citizen of The British Empire (India, Ireland, complicity in American slave trade, France, most of Asia, &c) just doesn't sound quite right. One of those "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" kind of deals. heehee
.  But, yeah. We are shooting ourselves in the foot by outsourcing so much - especially the high-tech stuff.
The topic was about the US, the line "mirrored elsewhere across the globe" was intended to cover everywhere else. Much UK business / management theory came / comes from the US.

Total agreement!
 I have that excerpt on a t-shirt,

"...The risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things."

-President Barack Obama

You can buy the t-shirt at Maker Shed.

zieak (author)  M4industries7 years ago
I saw that they had those!
Goodhart9 years ago
I was able to see and listen to (while at home, then in the car respectively) this and was equally struck by the phrase. Many people do not realize just how much we have farmed out to others, in the area of manufacturing, and actual hands on MAKING of things (not just the help desks ;-).

I do hope this inspires this country to get back INTO making, since that was what if you'll excuse the pun made us a strong country in the first place. We built, innovated, strove, gained ground, pushed forward, learned community, and grew together. And now, we are in a shambles, having given up our most precious commodity, our manufacturers, and traded it in for the dream of paper that means very little once the people lose faith in the fantasy island syndrome.
We can turn this around though, and it will be this generation that does it, if it is to be done. I hope to be around to see it happen, and assist where I can ;-)
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