Quote Originally Posted by Mike Wilde View Post
...this is the face of progress...
Definitely not, despite common usage of that word in this context. Change, yes. Progress, no.

Quote Originally Posted by Mike Wilde View Post
...where soemthing is made...is immaterial...
Again, definitely not. Leaving aside matters of employment, transportation, environmental impact, etc., one of the most material things place of manufacture influences is materials.

The vast preponderance of "stuff" we buy today, at least in North America, comes from China. A large portion of that, despite any specifications purchasers may impose, is made of materials that are at best unknown and at worst toxic. Try to find Chinese textiles that don't reek. Try to find plastics sourced there without similar issues. Examples include camera bellows and Toyo film holders.