Originally Posted by mack11211
Surely, you must be joking. And yes, I am calling you...
I'll humor him; I'm bored today and stuck working all night. Freeloader, the industrial revolution began when Watt's steam engine became cheap enough to have applications outside of pumping water out of coal mines. The first application was the garment trade, when humans were removed from every step of the process (picking and threshing cotton, spinning it into yarn, weaving it into cloth, and then sewing it into clothes.) This gave the masses access to cheap, comfortable cotton clothes, plus created industries in building and running plants and whatnot. The "artisans" who insisted on continuing their trade in expensive, uncomfortable clothes worked out of cottages surrounding the new plants (cottage industry) but because their garments were, well, expensive and uncomfortable, they were not able to stay in business for long.
So, if this new process gives the average guy access to bespoke quality at lower prices, it's a cause for celebration, not lamentation. Which is in a nutshell why I hang out on this forum instead of others.
(who is a smart-ass American living in Germany, mostly.)