30 August 2010

"Community"

Cafe Hayek | Don Boudreaux | Why are Crunchy ‘Progressives’ So Prejudiced Against Non-local Folk?

Here’s a letter to the New York Times:
David Sassoon of Harlemville, NY, is a locovore because, in his words, he’s “interested in restoring community through the act of eating, rather than swallowing the cold logic of global economics” (Letters, Aug. 28).

I wonder if Mr. Sassoon’s refusal to “swallow the cold logic of global economics” goes beyond his dietary choices. Does he promote community by wearing only clothes made from locally grown fibers and woven at local mills? When he is ill, does he stick to his principle of not swallowing the cold logic of global economics by refusing also to swallow any pharmaceuticals not made locally? Does he drive a locally manufactured automobile? Is the furniture in his home and office made only of materials found in or near Harlemville? And are the novels he reads, the musical composition he listens to, and the movies he watches only those that are produced locally?

Of course not. But he needn’t berate himself.

A beautiful consequence of the so-called “cold logic of global economics” is that it knits people from around the world into a kind of community – into a worldwide web of peaceful and productive mutual dependence. Commerce over large geographic areas undermines the nativism and insularity – and poverty – that result when people live in local communities with little or no contact with outsiders.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux
Crowing on about only buying from your local community is a polite way of saying you're a parochial xenophobe who doesn't like people from far away.  If that's what you feel like doing then go for it, but don't think there's anything inherently more just about doing business with people in close geographic proximity to you.

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