Most of the founders of the American republic — Alexander Hamilton was an exception — could not imagine the people who didn’t farm ever outnumbering those who did. It seemed outlandish (literally) to imagine more people being involved in manufacture than in farming.
Over time the economy changed and our thinking changed. Just as once we couldn’t imagine more people working in making things than in not making them, it came to pass that we could no longer imagine the opposite: more people making things than not making them!
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