In a moment of epiphany, Frank Sobotka on The Wire once said: “We used to make shit in this country, build shit. Now we just put our hand in the next guy’s pocket. ” Sobotka’s point was that the decline of America as a whole can be seen in the decline of America’s work ethic and craftsmanship. Aaron R. Davis recently came to a similar conclusion when his home coffee maker stopped working after only two years of use. This week, Davis wonders why we can’t have nice things. He calls for a return of the days when the things we bought were built to last.