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Like a fish needs a bicycle

Friggin' awesome post.
My husband tries to make this point all the time.
100 years ago, men came out here and there were some BIG trees. It would take a pair of men running a saw all day to get one tree. But, getting the tree was a legitimate "days work" for 2 men in the free market.
The tree would go to a mill, where a man would spend a week processing the tree into lumber. The free market showed it was a legitimate week's work.
These men worked long days, but always took Sunday off, and did not work in the woods all winter. Pretty much everyone owned their home. While they would do other work through the winter, there was no need to turn to the government to survive.
30 years ago, when he was a logger, a team of men would arrive in the woods with all kinds of machines, chain saws to helicopters, and they would process the equivalent of one of those giant trees about every fifteen minutes. At the mill, the automated plant swallows the trees and spits out boards as fast as they can feed it. Before the Canadian lumber treaty, they would run 3 shifts at the mill, 7 days a week. Loggers would be in the woods at daylight, and stay till dusk, and often have to work Sundays. They work right through the winter now. During the rainy part of spring and fall, and if fire danger got too high, they had to shut down. These men would have to draw unemployment to be able to pay rent and buy food. All that extra production, but the WORKERS are WORSE OFF. Few people own their home, most are a whisper away from destitution, and if you want to try to live like a woodsmen, you'd better have a fistful of FRNs. Want to trap? Need a permit. Want to hunt? Need a permit. Want to gather mushrooms? Need a permit.
If you stop and think about all the increased efficiency automation has brought, and then compare how much of our lives our jobs consume, we have lost a LOT of ground.

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