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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More Buy Local Nonsense

Cafe Hayek points to this NYTimes Book Review of BillMcKibben's latest book - Deep Economy - in which "he calls on people to develop local economies and, hence, to reject most economic ties that span the globe and even the nation."

Cafe Hayek has this great statement about buying local and feel-good environmentalism:

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A while back, Jacqueline Passey sent to me a cartoon that now hangs on my office door. In it, two cavemen are chatting as they sit in their cave-home. One says to the other "Something's just not right - our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, everything we eat is organic and free-range, and yet nobody lives past thirty." Funny -- but very true.

Whatever plausible risks global warming and other environmental problems pose to humanity are nothing as compared to any serious attempt to reject global commerce and industry in favor of living in local economies. McKibben's prescription would kill billions of us.

Or, to rephrase Stalin's famous quote: A single death is a tragedy; a [billion] deaths is a statistic.

Caveman chic certainly could come back into style...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler