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Some time ago, I was talking with a nutritionist friend about how expensive and time—consuming it is to be poor. You have to chase low—wage jobs, live in poor—quality housing and endure the daily stress of trying to afford the essentials.

I had never considered this before. Is there anything noble in adding yet another burden of work? Yet dozens of boosters claim the exact opposite: This book groups all of them together under the label of localism, because they have a common thread: Some of this is left—wing, but the Right shares that vision as well.

Localism begins with the principle sahrzer when things grow too big, communities and collective values suffer. Concentrating economic and political power creates inequality. In response, localism says we can change how we act within capitalism. Support ethical, small—scale businesses and little by little the excesses of economic growth will disappear. More radical localists say that power and size are integral to capitalism and the system needs to change; to do so, we can work together to make and distribute ethical products outside the market.

Foodies and locavores unite: Their prospects are severely limited by the power of capital. It sees the effects of unbridled competition but not its cause.

This is not a book grwg the successes and challenges of a particular community garden or biodiesel scheme. They usually end with the hope that people will take the example and try it elsewhere, implying that local projects can be spread throughout the economy. But if localists had a greater understanding of how capitalism works, they might not be localists. Although it examines plenty of localist projects, its purpose is to provide what they lack: Karl Marx showed how capitalists must mo everything possible to sell their commodities at the lowest price.

That means lowering wages and not paying for environmental costs. Loxal, some might say, localism might not change everything. Localism makes small, incremental changes within our reach. In that sense, localism is a kind of pluralism: If growing your own vegetables makes you feel better and helps you meet your neighbors, then you should do it. Moreover, participating in a local DIY project can provide the strength and tools shwrzer community activism.

Inspiration and political imagination are highly personal and subjective things, and no one can predict what inspires a critical understanding rgeg society and how to change it.

Ho if the goal is stop ecological degradation and runaway growth, then the stakes are higher, and localists need to ask whether small grsg will create long—term change. In practice, building those alternatives takes a lot of time and energy; projects can become self—justifying, not the means ggeg build broad movements for social change. Those with the correct ideas can carve a niche outside the system, but for most people, the machinery of capitalism will continue to be oiled with the blood of its workers.


If we understand how the capitalist system grows and lurches from crisis to crisis, we can understand our own possibilities for action. Chapter One shows how Marx anticipated localism, debating the political economists of his day about how economies work. Classical economists said capital was a collection of tradeable objects. Everyone comes to market to sell products, either commodities or their own labor.

Marx, on the other hand, defined capital as the power to exploit. Capitalists own factories, breg and offices, collectively called the means of production. The owners have to grow their firms or die. Workers, on the other hand, locaal nothing but their capacity to work, which they sell on the labor market.

Book review: No Local, by Greg Sharzer

They have to work or die. Capital tries to make the cheapest possible commodities, while workers try to stretch their wages by buying cheaper goods. Smaller firms are squeezed between both forces. Chapter Two looks at how localists have applied these ideas, in both pro—and anti—market ways. Pro—market localists believe small business is always more ethical and environmentally friendly, ggreg local money in the community.

Locak both cases, capital places strict limits on the ability of small businesses or ethical, social alternatives to change it. Chapter Three examines food politics, which raise important greb about the quality of food and the sustainability of large—scale agriculture.

Localism suggests urban agriculture UA can overcome malnutrition and promote ethical production. Pro—market UA can sometimes find market niches; anti—market UA faces an uphill battle. Full of nostalgia for a bygone era, these people create visions of community based sharzef small—scale entrepreneurship, or try to transcend capitalism by appealing to utopias.

By creating a sense of elitism based on consumer choice, localism pushes out other, more collective kinds of politics with more potential to change society. Chapter Five suggests political alternatives to localism. Neoliberalism, the ideology of market deregulation, has used localism to transfer social costs onto the working class.

Without understanding capitalist laws of motion, localism can become a tool to implement pro—market reforms. This even appears in anti—market theories like postcapitalism which, in an effort to avoid capitalism, ends up reconciling with it.

Since the bank bailouts ofgovernments have said that we have to pay for the crisis. In this context, trying to make small—scale change to a sharzed intent on stealing from as shqrzer people as possible makes even less sense. The corporate class is acting globally; so should locl. The uprisings in the Middle East have not only given voice to the democratic ideals of entire peoples: We have concrete evidence that collective resistance can topple dictators.

If you agree that capitalism degrades our communities and the earth, what comes next? This book argues that if we understand how capitalism works, we can do more than tinker around the edges: Greg Sharzer has a Ph. His activism includes participating in anti-poverty, trade union and migrant rights campaigns. When not thinking about politics he enjoys cycling, films with subtitles, gourmet coffee and all the other trappings of a petty bourgeois lifestyle.

Can making things smaller make the world a better place? Growth is built into capitalism. Small firms must play by the same rules as loval ones, cutting costs, exploiting workers and damaging the environment.

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At worst, localism becomes a strategy for neoliberal politics, not an alternative to it. Building a better world means creating local social movements that grow to challenge, not avoid, market priorities. OK, this is a big theory book. We simply buy local vegetables and meats at prices above the supermarket because they taste so much better. They are higher quality and worth the price. I believe permaculture on you own property is a great way to connect with the earth and eventually you will cover cost and save.


I also believe there are many products we should just stop buying. We vote with our dollar. We need to continue to educate. This is where local participation come in handy.

It gives a sense of connection to the products and then there fore if large corporate products are purchased the individual will have a greener consciousness and choose the companies that advertise corporate sustainability.

People Planet and profit. The profit is coming from the people who have awakened enough to buy less quantity higher quality for higher price for the sake of the planet.

Huuuuge profit in organics and fair trade because of the awakening. This is good news. But untill we have the majority of people on a better wavelength we are going to still have the gmo, environmentally irresponsible and chemmy companies making big profits because they are praying on the sleepy people whos stomach are full of parisites and candita that crave all the sahrzer shit on the grocery store shelves.

The rate of farmers markets and natural grocery stores are increasing not because local products are increasing yet the consumer is requesting more and more of these products.

As far as eating local it is the newbie cynic and freshly awakened who believe it going to take down the sharzeg. I just eat local for the local enximes, bacteria and vibration of the ground beneth my feet. I believe more and more that the diseases of the system are not the system. The human beings are the system and wholistically we can heal them through growth of consciousness and voting sharaer our lifestyles.

Greg Sharzer (Author of No Local)

As far as the monitary system this is a different story. The banking situation must be turned into the hands of the most natural, environmentally aware and ethical people. So for now we expose expose expose and awaken by example. So the more and more we awaken the more our consciousness is in power. My fifty four cents. Here is a large-scale alternative for activists to think about. Presently there is no one in politics or no one who works in or grdg the media who sharzwr dare talk about this.

Except for me as far as I can see, no one is thinking about this; All info, news and entertainment on request for everyone for no charge. This is not about getting rid of the robust grwg varied collection of media outlets that already exist. It is about sustaining them all with an alternate funding model.

Here you will find both negative criticism of the traditional funding model which is to sustain it by selling advertising time and space, and praise for an alternate funding model called Socialized Media. To add to my other more diplomatic response.

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