Perhaps the clearest and most vivid illustration of the value of the division of labor is found not in Adam Smiths description in the economic classic The Wealth of Nations of the efficiency of a specialized pin factory, but in an episode of Rod Serlings 1950s television classic Twilight Zone. The episode, entitled Time Enough at Last, demonstrates perhaps unintentionally that even under the most fortuitous of circumstances, self-sufficiency is no match for interdependence.
The episode, chosen in a reader poll conducted by Twilight Zone Magazine as by far the…

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