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Though I do agree that the gap is really in the goal, not the methods. Yellow Vests and the Left Zero Squared Notify me of new comments via email. I am mainly referring to the increased social and economic divides that would occur between pockets of areas, if some places can develop the best of localism and the power it brings, but others cannot.

I do see though, that Localism may present some lesser evils for some, just a Marxism and Capitalism surely do. Localism suggests urban agriculture UA can overcome malnutrition and promote ethical production.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. It fails to address the complexities of modern production and distribution, romanticizing feudalism and precapitalist societies. This is the danger of postcapitalism: Sharzer insists that localism ends up apologizing for capitalism: You have to chase low—wage jobs, live in poor—quality housing and endure the daily stress of trying to afford the essentials.

Challenging market priorities will.

Book review: No Local, by Greg Sharzer

More precisely, unlike you, I believe it to be an inevitable part of localism. Greg Sharzer Goodreads Author. Changemakers Books – Transformation. I agree with all the above, but a more inward looking society is inevitable when you cannot get somewhere so easily. In sharzfr, 83 percent of US small-business owners in a study were older, married, white men.

What about localism’s politics? Np Union and the End of Politics, The James Heartfield Despite its dharzer the European Union keeps on getting stronger — its power comes from the decline of participation in national politics. You are commenting using your WordPress. But if the goal is stop ecological degradation and runaway growth, then the stakes are higher, and localists need to ask whether small projects will create long—term change.


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Neoliberalism, the ideology of market deregulation, has used localism to transfer social costs onto the working class. Can making things smaller make the world a better place? Interesting review agree with what you have said having not read the book.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The cash register, computer, and industrial oven at your local bakery were probably not made down the road. At worst, localism becomes a strategy for neoliberal politics, not an alternative to it. On the whole I believe that building local resilience is important, that greater but not absolute self-sufficiency is advisable, and that devolving power is a good thing. This is not about getting rid of the robust and varied collection of media outlets that already exist.

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 confusion undermines the ability of the movement to offer any real palliative to the current system, much less a viable alternative.

No Local – Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won’t Change The World, Greg Sharzer – Zero Books Blog

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. I accept it because there is no alternative, as David Fleming says. A lucid and groundbreaking analysis of contemporary neoliberalism and its devastating effects for young people today.

We have concrete evidence that collective resistance can topple dictators. What would living in a democracy be like? This is where local participation come in handy. If you agree that capitalism degrades our communities and the earth, what comes next? From the ivory tower of Marxism, it does not, and it leaves No Local tilting at windmills. As a general rule we do not censor any content on the site. Jan rated it really liked it Jan 03, Death by a thousand cuts.


That requires a difficult, head-on confrontation rather than the fantasy of communes gradually supplanting capitalism. Dec 23, Stephie Jane Rexroth rated it really liked it. The most oppressed members of the working class, local communities of people of color, must drag themselves out of the predicament capital placed them in, by being as flexible and adaptable as possible.

Is there anything noble in adding yet another burden of work? If one person is utopian, all localists are utopian, or Malthusian, or middle class snobs.

Rather than casting aside modern methods of production and distribution, they should be recast based on human priorities. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In any case, you put to me long ago, something along the lines of what else do we do, and that remains the question for each of us. We are living through an unprecedented environmental crisis that requires a global solution of historic proportions. They look to consumption as the way to express social power rather than class location.

Robharries rated it liked it Aug 04, I also believe there are many products we should just stop buying. As far as the monitary system this is a different story. Marxism may try, but, if it truly understood grg root of the problem, I believe it might well see it in itself too! Sharzer effectively dismantles the pretence that ethical consumption can genuinely undermine big business, and there are some interesting ideas on topics like nostalgia or catastrophism.

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