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January 9, at 9: Modern humans under capitalism have created an incredibly complex, specialized system of production and distribution. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I do see though, that Localism may present some lesser evils for some, just a Marxism and Capitalism surely do. I got the most out of the section explaining how local projects often do the work of neoliberalism and are actually part of capitals’ need to lower costs AND the section about the values of the petite bourgeoisie Huuuuge profit in organics and fair trade because of the awakening.
Anna R rated it liked it Apr 10, Inspiration and political imagination are highly personal and subjective things, and no one can predict what inspires a critical understanding of society and how to change it.
They are drawn to individual actions over collective responses. Robharries rated it liked it Aug 04, But if localists had a greater understanding of how capitalism works, they might not be localists.
This has a long history. Full of nostalgia for a bygone era, these people create visions of community based on small—scale entrepreneurship, or try to transcend capitalism by appealing to utopias. Refresh and try again. 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 jo products outside the market.
Sorry, your blog cannot share posts loczl email. Transition has a ring of self-survival for the select few about it, but Marxism brings its own concerns. Can making things smaller make the world a better place? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Heather Jackson rated it really liked it Mar 22, The final two chapters on the goals, beliefs, values and morals of the petite bourgeoisie Ch 4 and how localism can be used to uncover contradictions in capitalism as means of opposing it Ch 5 were insightful, though just scratching the surface and not revolutionary enough.
They look to consumption as the way to express social power rather than class location. A lucid and groundbreaking analysis of contemporary neoliberalism and its devastating effects for young people today.
The cash register, computer, and industrial oven at your local bakery were probably not made down the road. I would have given it four stars, but reading nonfiction isn’t really my thing.
No Local: Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won’t Change the World
In response, localism says we can change how we act within capitalism. Without understanding capitalist laws of motion, localism can become a tool to implement pro—market reforms. Challenging market priorities will. By providing this alternative, the local will overwhelm global capitalism.
I agree with all the above, but a more inward looking society is inevitable when you cannot get somewhere so easily. The corporate class is acting globally; so should we.
Sep 27, Olivia rated it liked it Shelves: European Union and the End of Politics, The James Heartfield Despite its crises the European Union keeps on getting stronger — its power comes from the decline of participation in national politics.
We have concrete evidence that collective resistance can topple dictators. By refusing to fight neoliberalism, the “noncapitalist imaginary” leaves capitalist reality untouched. Everyone comes to market to sell products, either commodities or their own labor.
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No Local: Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won’t Change the World by Greg Sharzer
Promarket localism supports local businesses over their global competitors and urges lower rates of consumption. 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.
I had never considered this before. Like Sharzer according to your reviewI would like, as a priority, for people to realise the root of the problem more than we do and it is when Localism appears to claim that it is an answer or even a good alternative, that I feel uneasy as I know it, ultimately, steers an equally unsatisfactory answer.
Open Preview See a Problem? In practice, building those alternatives takes a lot of time and energy; projects can become self—justifying, not the means to build broad movements for social change.
Marxism is unapologetically modernist, a big social theory of everything. Schumacher are scrutinized in constructive ways to highlight the profound gaps in their utopian remedies. Small firms must play by the same rules as large ones, cutting costs, exploiting workers and damaging the environment. Have you got a Transition initiative near you?
Start small and stay close to home; forge community ties, grow your own food locally, and create alternatives that can eventually replace the current system of global capitalism with a sane, sustainable way of life. Classical economists said capital was a collection of tradeable objects. 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. Aaron Apps rated it really liked it Jul 10, Jul 02, Dan Sharber rated it it was amazing Shelves: Struggle can be local or global.
We will not remove any content for bad language alone, or being critical of a particular book. 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.