The good heart of the American people speaks – may their government listen and learn

judy wicks2Is supporting local business more than a strategy for building resilient local economies?

Today the inbox brought the thought-provoking words of Judy Wicks, a board member of the NEI. Looking around evidence of her adventurous and constructive life was easily found online.

Her unusual slant on localisation was extracted from the 24th Schumacher Lecture which she gave in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

She argues that supporting local business is more than a strategy for building resilient local economies:

“Perhaps the greatest benefit of the local-living-economy movement is that by creating self-reliance we are creating the foundations for world peace. If all communities had food security, water security, and energy security, if they appreciated diversity of culture rather than a monoculture, that would be the foundation for world peace. Schumacher said, ‘People who live in highly self-sufficient local communities are less likely to get involved in large-scale violence than people whose existence depends on world-wide systems of trade.’

As innocents die in Boston, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan and Pakistan, may sanity prevail!

 

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Posted on April 16, 2013, in Government, Local government, Planning and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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