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Recommended reading

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Labor is expensive. At least it is in the United States. Writing for Marginal RevolutionAlex Tabarrok illustrates from a recent visit to India what happens when labor is cheap. Read When Labor is Cheap

Matt Mullenweg, who by the way is in charge of the company that makes WordPress.com, writes about songs that remind him of his deceased father. It’s a touching read. Read Songs for My Father

Populism’s rise might appear to be a response to a rising super-rich elite. But Aaron Renn, writing for City Journal, suggests that the average American’s drive to get everything as cheaply as possible contributes heavily as well. Read America the Cheap

Mr. Money Mustache thinks life is less stressful to be in a position to absorb some loss than to rely on contracts and guarantees. Read There Are No Guarantees

What’s the world’s favorite film camera? Stephen Dowling wants to know, and he’s finding out by asking film photographers. If you want to participate, click through. Read What’s the world’s favourite film camera?

I wasn’t planning on plugging my book today, but then Denny Gibson was kind enough to review it on his blog this week. The verdict? It’s not crappy. High praise! Read Book Review: Exceptional Ordinary by Jim Grey

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4 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Heide says:

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    Yup, Jim … you’ve hit it out of the ballpark once again. Let’s start at the bottom, with congratulations on your first book review! I expect that several of your readers will echo Denny’s glowing praise in the weeks ahead.

    I also loved the two pieces on cheap labor and cheap goods. Aaron Renn’s piece especially resonated, because this is a component of our economy that seldom gets discussed. I’m not a particularly smart person, but even I can see that you can’t bring manufacturing jobs with decent wages back to the U.S. without affecting prices.

    Mr. Money Moustache also echoed an experience I’ve had all too often with my freelance gigs. But as someone who earns at least part of her living writing contracts and disclosures, I’d best ahem move on to Matt Mullenweg’s Songs for my Father. What a beautiful, moving piece! I’d like to think that in this big universe of ours there is a slim possibility that these words of love — and the songs that accompany them — can somehow reach Matt’s dad.

    Thank you, as always, for starting my weekend with such thought-provoking reads!

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    • I’m so happy this week’s crop resonated with you!

      Have you noticed how we almost never build beautiful buildings anymore? Reach back to 1900 or 1850 and many buildings were monuments to the ages. Today we’re lucky if we get a pole barn. That’s the biggest sign, to me, of America the Cheap.

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  2. DougD says:

    I liked America the Cheap. I was just mentioning to Ed Stembridge that I wish there was a hardware store where stuff was 50% more expensive but 50% better quality. I could feel smugly good about being Canadian and enjoying paying higher taxes and seeing the societal benefits it brings, but the smugness deflates when I consider Air Canada, which we love to hate and drive to Buffalo to fly because it’s so much cheaper :)

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    • One thing I wish we Americans would get our heads wrapped around is that we can’t have government services for nothing. We need to figure out what level of government service we want and pay the taxes necessary to support it — or pay the taxes we want and accept the level of government services they provide.

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