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This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading

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Polymath Vaclav Smil takes a commonsense approach to many of the biggest problems faced by the world. One of his biggest conclusions is that without a manufacturing sector, innovation dies and inequality is inevitable for any country.

Restoring manufacturing would mean training Americans again to build things.

Only two countries have done this well: Germany and Switzerland. They’ve both maintained strong manufacturing sectors and they share a key thing: Kids go into apprentice programs at age 14 or 15. You spend a few years, depending on the skill, and you can make BMWs. And because you started young and learned from the older people, your products can’t be matched in quality. This is where it all starts.

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