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Why the Division of Labor is Important

As Adam Smtih discussed with pins in The Wealth of Nations and Milton Friedman discussed with regards to a simple pencil, it’s amazing how the normal products we use are assembled using parts from and in a variety of different places in the world. Here, Thomas Thwaites talks at TED about his strange decision to try to make a toaster all by himself.

Well, it only took him nine months and cost 300 times as much as a normal toaster… and it looked ridiculous and worked for only five seconds. Thank you, division of labor:


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