Communism collapsed in 1988-89 and capitalism collapsed about twenty years later, in 2008. What both economic systems had in common is that they were big and impersonal.
Meanwhile a quiet alternative has been growing steadily–the local economy. It means supporting business and buying products from people you actually know. It means being able to look the farmer who grows your tomatoes in the eye.
A couple years ago I bought a wooden toy made by a local craftsman. I don’t have to worry about whether it was tainted with led pain–well that was easy, it wasn’t painted. My grandson received some wooden toys this year made by our nephew; those toys will be in the family a long time.
If I go to the supermarket here in the middle of American, I have no idea where the food came from. My daughter who lives in New York City belongs to a community farm cooperative. Once a week she gets to meet the farmers who bring her a basketful of fresh vegetables.
Around the world one of the most effective forms of fighting poverty is through microloans. It is a way of helping poor women and men start local, sustainable businesses.
We don’t know what will happen to the national economy in the coming months. We can all pitch in and help our neighbors. We can support local small businesses.
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