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Pokémon Go is everything that is wrong with late capitalism - Vox
Read after hanging with Molly Sauter and learning about Fordism's opportunity-centric model for guys returning from war with missing limbs
apps  taxation  rents  wages  localism  appeconomy  jobs  redistribution  ubi  opportunity  economics 
18 days ago by Werderbach
Stowe Boyd — Progressives have been so focused on Washington,...
"Progressives have been so focused on Washington, they’ve missed the fact that most of the progress..."
IFTTT  Tumblr  new.progressive.localism  localism  eric  beinhocker  trust  progressivism 
8 weeks ago by stoweboyd
'Annoying' anti-cowbell campaigner denied Swiss passport - The Local
Nancy Holten, 42, was born in the Netherlands but grew up in Switzerland from the age of eight, speaks fluent Swiss German and has children with Swiss citizenship.
 
A vegan and supporter of animal rights, she gained a reputation in her community of Gipf-Oberfrick, in the canton of Aargau, after campaigning against cowbells, claiming they were damaging to cows’ health.
 
She has also objected to hunting and piglet racing, and complained about the noise of church bells in the village, campaigns that have seen her regularly interviewed in the Swiss press over the past few years. 
 
Last November, Holten had her citizenship application turned down for the second time by the residents’ committee. 
 
That’s despite her meeting all legal requirements and the municipal and cantonal authorities having no formal objection. 
localism  community  tradition  Europe  rural 
10 weeks ago by dwalbert
New Left Project | Why the Working Class was Never ‘White’
The sooner we recognise that the ‘white working class’ is not a thing, but rather an unhelpful media construction which the left must eschew, the better. Not only does it deflect attention from the virulent racism in other parts of English society, but it reinforces the idea of working-class people as unchanging, anachronistic and ‘left behind’. The ‘racialisation’ of class in Britain has been a consequence of the weakening of ‘class’ as a political idea since the 1970s – it is a new construction, not an historic one, and it is profoundly unhelpful. It makes it all too easy for millions of people hit hardest by neo-liberal economics to be dismissed as somehow reaping what they deserve.
UK  class  workingClass  race  immigration  localism  place  conservatism  racism  PowellEnoch  liberalism  racialisation 
december 2016 by petej
How to Restore Your Faith in Democracy - The New Yorker
Plato proposed a republic run by enlightened philosophers, and [Charles] Taylor has some ideas about what he might do if he were in charge. In big cities, he told me, it’s easy for people to feel engaged in the project of democracy; they’re surrounded by the drama of inclusion. But in the countryside, where jobs are disappearing, main streets are empty, and church attendance is down, democracy seems like a fantasy, and people end up “sitting at home, watching television. Their only contact with the country’s problems is a sense that everything’s going absolutely crazy. They have no sense of control.” He advocates raising taxes and giving the money to small towns, so that they can rebuild. He is in favor of localism and “subsidiarity”—the principle, cited by Alexis de Tocqueville and originating in Catholicism, that problems should be solved by people who are nearby. Perhaps, instead of questing for political meaning on Facebook and YouTube, we could begin finding it in projects located near to us. By that means, we could get a grip on our political selves, and be less inclined toward nihilism on the national scale. (It would help if there were less gerrymandering and money in politics, too.)

One imagines what this sort of rooted, meaningful democracy might look like. A political life centered on local schools, town governments, voluntary associations, and churches; a house in the woods with the television turned off. Inside, family members aren’t glued to their phones. They talk, over dinner, about politics, history, and faith, about national movements and local ones; they feel, all the time, that they’re doing something. It’s a pastoral vision, miles away from the media-driven election we’ve just concluded. But it’s not a fantasy.
democracy  politics  subsidiarity  localism 
november 2016 by dwalbert
English devolution deals – National Audit Office
Devolution deals to devolve power from central government to local areas in England offer opportunities to stimulate economic growth and reform public services for local users, but the arrangements are untested and government could do more to provide confidence that these deals will achieve the benefits intended
devolution  democracy  local  localism  government  uk  England  twitter 
september 2016 by representme
Make America Small Again | Dreher
Review of Levin's book. Saved for comments. And what I have been trying to think about - what makes small towns economically viable?
Dreher  Localism 
august 2016 by jete.jeter
The Importance of Local Food and Farming
A great example of what is good and hopeful.
Localism  Food 
august 2016 by jete.jeter
Faith, Family, and the Dangers of Capitalism - Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture
The only way to give power back to the local institutions that are dwarfed by both the government and large corporations is to devote our resources to these institutions. Whether it is our immediate families, family farms, neighborhood associations, small churches, or municipal elections, proximity magnifies our ability to learn, share, or hold accountable. Choosing to invest in these things whenever possible has the potential to reverse the harms wrought by economies of scale. The real value in localism is not in transporting us back to a nostalgic time where faith and family were valued more highly; it is in giving more power to that which we know more intimately and can trust to shape us and our neighbors more meaningfully.

Large international corporations are not just good at providing more jobs for the poor, but they also deliver services to the poor at a more accessible cost. While this is true, it is still morally troublesome that this cost savings is usually at the expense of a poorer and more vulnerable group of people somewhere else. Furthermore, concentrating energy and capital on local economies that are more self-sufficient in producing the goods consumed within that community will help to protect the vulnerable from the changing winds of international production.
economics  capitalism  matthew-loftus  localism 
august 2016 by cccinkc
Foodie localism loves farming in theory, but not in practice | Aeon Ideas
 A fellow farmer and I began composing an op-ed under the working title ‘No More Fucking Farmers’ Markets’. In my town, where farmers had once been able to make sufficient sales with a single weekly market, additional markets created a watering down of sales.
agriculture  farm  food  gastronomia  localism 
july 2016 by martinderm
Pokémon Go is everything that is wrong with late capitalism - Vox
Read after hanging with Molly Sauter and learning about Fordism's opportunity-centric model for guys returning from war with missing limbs
opportunity  economics  appeconomy  redistribution  apps  localism  ubi  taxation  jobs  wages  rents 
july 2016 by mathpunk

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