And the early dark Falling; and continues through ten more stanzas each propelled by the anaphora of "We know".
In a total economy significant and sometimes critical choices that once belonged to individuals or communities become the property of corporations. A total economy, operating internationally, necessarily shrinks the powers of state and national governments, not only because those governments have signed over significant powers to an international bureaucracy or because political leaders become the paid hacks of the corporations but also because political processes — and especially democratic processes — are too slow to react to unrestrained economic and technological development on a global scale.
A total economy is an unrestrained taking of profits from the disintegration of nations: And to protect domestic producers and production capacities it is possible for governments to impose tariffs on cheap imported goods.
The global economy is intended as a means of subverting them. In default of government protections against the total economy of the supranational corporations, people are where they have been many times before: But at the same time the means of defending themselves belongs to them in the form of a venerable principle: If the government does not propose to protect the lives, livelihoods, and freedoms of its people, then the people must think about protecting themselves.
How are they to protect themselves? There seems, really, to be only one way, and that is to develop and put into practice the idea of a local economy — something that growing numbers of people are now doing. For several good reasons, they are beginning with the idea of a local food economy.
People are trying to find ways to shorten the distance between producers and consumers, to make the connections between the two more direct, and to make this local economic activity a benefit to the local community.
They are trying to learn to use the consumer economies of local towns and cities to preserve the livelihoods of local farm families and farm communities. They want to use the local economy to give consumers an influence over the kind and quality of their food, and to preserve land and enhance the local landscapes.
They want to give everybody in the local community a direct, long-term interest in the prosperity, health, and beauty of their homeland.
This is the only way presently available to make the total economy less total. It was once, I believe, the only way to make a national or a colonial economy less total. But now the necessity is greater. I am assuming that there is a valid line of thought leading from the idea of the total economy to the idea of a local economy.
As such a consumer, one does not know the history of the products that one uses. Where, exactly, did they come from? What toxins were used in their production?
What were the human and ecological costs of producing them and then of disposing of them? One sees that such questions cannot be answered easily, and perhaps not at all.
Though one is shopping amid an astonishing variety of products, one is denied certain significant choices.Art of the common-place: the agrarian essays of Wendell Berry; Art of the common-place: the agrarian essays of Wendell Berry.
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