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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Lunch Break

By Ezra Klein

This man tried to build a toaster from scratch:

Capitalism is an amazing thing.

By Ezra Klein  | January 12, 2011; 12:45 PM ET
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This was really too much fun. More than that, I thought it effectively illustrated how much polish we take for granted in our everyday.

What struck me as most important for generations hence was a point that I've thought about several times; to wit, the idea that there might one day be real and realized benefits of mining our landfills. As a kid, I learned to ski on a mountain of trash that had been converted into a recreational area (in flat Wisconsin). Some day, who knows? It's entirely possible that said recreational area will be reclaimed under an updated mining act for raw materials.

Anyway, thanks Ezra! This was insanely enjoyable!

Posted by: shantyhag | January 12, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

A wonderfully simple example of the complexity available to us through the division of labor.

Posted by: tomcammarata | January 12, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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