Saturday, February 09, 2013

The service economy

I remember hearing in junior high and high school a fair amount about how the US had become a "service economy" and that the provision of services had replaced the provision of goods as the marker of a country's affluence; in college, I recall a handful of passing references being made; contemporaneously, I can't think of a time in the last five years that I've heard a reference to the service economy being made. From Google's Ngram viewer, the percentage of books published in the US that have contained the phrase, from 1960 through 2008:


I fear that professing to your neighbor's kids about Mexican feminism so that he'll do your taxes so you can use your refund to have your other neighbor adjust your lower spine so that you're comfortable when you sit down with your financial adviser to discuss your targeted retirement account isn't as surefire a way to national riches as we once assumed it was.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was just spin to lull people while the country was looted (or countries as it happened in the UK as well).

Note that while the business and political elite in the Anglosphere were cutting their citizen's economic throat to enrich themselves countries like Germany, Japan, Korea etc were doing everything they could to preserve their manufacturing base.

Noah172 said...

That last line is one of the finest bits of blog lit that I have ever read. Sailerite, I would say.

Audacious Epigone said...

The finest compliment one can receive around these parts. Thank you.

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rob said...

have your other neighbor adjust your lower spine so that you're comfortable when you sit down

It might not be the path to riches, but I for one would be happier and more productive if I weren't crippled.