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Local food, local business and buying local won’t change the world. Challenging market priorities will. Can making things smaller make the world a better place? Growth is built into capitalism. Small firms must play by the same rules as large ones, cutting costs, exploiting workers and damaging the environment.
Greg Sharzer (Author of No Local)
At worst, localism becomes a strategy for neoliberal politics, not an alternative to it. While the movement toward small-scale economies might deserve praise for its community-centered, humanistic worldview, as well as for identifying the problems with the current regime of neoliberalism, Sharzer argues that localism proceeds from a fundamental confusion about the nature of the capitalist economy, and this sarzer undermines the ability of the movement to offer shazer real palliative to the current system, much less a viable alternative.
Against a backdrop of global climate disasters, financial panics, and inequality, localism — the creation of small-scale local systems of production and distribution — seems to make sense. Start small and stay close to home; forge community ties, grow your own shrzer locally, and create alternatives that can eventually replace the current system of global capitalism with a sane, sustainable way of life.
By providing this alternative, the local will overwhelm global capitalism. Death by a thousand cuts. But can the power of global capitalism be undone through establishing bike paths, cooperatives, bartering, alternative local currencies, community gardens, and small businesses? Localism greeg incapable of displacing capitalism or even effectively challenging it because it fails to understand how capitalism works.
More utopian ideology than political framework, and too often served with a dose of moral superiority, localism never adequately explains by what magic small businesses or collectives can eclipse giant corporations. Schumacher are scrutinized in constructive ways to highlight the profound gaps in their utopian remedies. No Local also shines a light on the often-neglected issue of class in the environmental movement.
Regardless, anyone who has encountered or explored the politics of localism must read this book. We are living jo an unprecedented environmental crisis that requires a global solution of historic proportions.
Localism seeks a return to a preindustrial economic model that romanticizes small-scale production. But simplicity and smaller scale will not get rid of the social relations that underlay capitalism. Localists confuse use value and exchange value, forgetting locl capitalism prioritizes profit value over human need use value.
Sharzer loxal that localism ends up apologizing for capitalism: This has a long history. Promarket localism supports local businesses over their global competitors and urges lower rates of consumption. It accepts the market as a permanent feature of life and hopes that small-scale production will, over time, eradicate our current ills. These promarket assumptions are based on the interests of the middle class and small-business owners threatened by corporate competition.
The reality is that no hard line exists between the local and the global. Business is reliant on tools and equipment made abroad. The cash register, computer, and industrial oven at your local llcal were probably not made locql the road. Money might stay in the community for a cycle or two, but quickly moves on.
In addition, 83 percent of US small-business owners in a study were older, married, white men. The antimarket localists focus on democratic, decentralized, prefigurative communities and methods of production.
It fails to address the complexities of modern production and distribution, romanticizing feudalism and precapitalist societies. A planet with seven billion people and one billion Facebook accounts should never go back to bartering, surviving on grain and root vegetables all winter, or making our own clothes, except for our own individual amusement.
Modern humans under capitalism have created an incredibly complex, specialized system of production and distribution.
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Rather than casting aside modern methods of production and distribution, they should be recast based on human priorities. That requires sharer difficult, head-on confrontation rather than the fantasy of communes gradually supplanting capitalism.
Both pro and antimarket localism seek to limit technology and transportation, which are seen as energy inefficient. But local food production might not reduce energy inputs.
Growing and storing food in colder climates can often use more energy than needed for transportation.
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As Sharzer notes, 83 percent of food-related carbon emissions come from the production of food, while only 11 percent is olcal to transportation. Because of sharzrr investment in the status quo, the progressive petite bourgeoisie avoids class conflict and longs for social peace. They are drawn to individual actions over collective responses. They look to consumption as the way to express social power rather than class location.
They prioritize lifestyle choices, emphasizing morality and selfrestraint. Rather than aiming their fire at the corporations and the US military-industrial complex, they blame the individual consumer.
We should stop shopping at Walmart and driving SUVs. Volunteer and strengthen your local community, buy organic food and a Suarzer. The end result is a narrow, cultural escape built inside the walls of capitalism. The alternative is class struggle. Struggle can be suarzer or global. This review yreg first published in International Socialist Review. Our education system is chained to the hold of a sinking capitalist ship. Is there any escape? A lucid and groundbreaking analysis of contemporary neoliberalism and its devastating effects for young people today.
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