Associations to the essay: Bring Back Local Economies

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from Scott on 2012-11-10 21:11
Association Index: A399
Association's 2¢ Worth: 25¢
Uploaded Image: OnPoint_AmazonPushesForDominance_2012_11_09.mp3
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This clip came from the NPR On Point episode which aired on November 9, 2012 titled Amazon Pushes for Dominance.   The two clips were taken between 12 and 16 minutes into program where the first call in guest explained what the big retail stores and online retailers like Amazon was doing to her locally owned business and the second caller explained how he uses Amazon to purchase speciality books for his studies, but he buys locally for bulk orders relating to his business.

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from Scott on 2012-10-24 08:39
Association Index: A393
Association's 2¢ Worth: 10¢
External Link: McGovern's 1972 Democratic Convention Acceptance Speech
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[George McGovern's acceptance speech as the nominee at the 1972 Democratic National Convention in Miami Florida.].

Here is a link to written speech.

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from Scott on 2012-10-24 08:10
Association Index: A392
Association's 2¢ Worth: $1
Uploaded Image: moth-podcast-247-ellie-lee-community_grocery_stores.mp3
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Ellie Lee's Moth Video is an example of what a local grocery store provides to a community and what a community can do to support a community grocery store.

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from Bernie on 2012-09-25 13:04
Association Index: A363
Association's 2¢ Worth: 31¢
External Link: 'The Gift Of Detroit': Tilling Urban Terrain : NPR
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Sustainability and Survivability may be hand in hand. Worthwhile endeavors such as sustainability may require difficult decisions, sacrifice, and above all cooperation. For example, Detroit Michigan is about as close to 'walking dead' city status, in a state blessed with excellent farm land and one of the world's largest fresh water supply. Efforts are ongoing to downsize the city to reduce city costs and expenditures that includes returning vacant or partially abandoned neighborhood land for urban farming. It could restore connection between city residents and their food, provide jobs if done in a large enough scale, and may help alleviate food deserts. Of course there are plenty of emotional, legal, and political issues involved with the relocation of residents by city government. And potentially farms that could drive urban renewal in Detroit today could also hinder growth in the city if ever the city expanded again. Can urban agriculture initiatives provide at least some kind of interim use of what is now unproductive and costly to maintain land? We will have to stay tuned to see if Detroit’s experiment in urban renewal bears worthwhile fruit, and more importantly benefit from the lessons learned during the attempt.

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from Scott on 2012-09-18 19:38
Association Index: A360
Association's 2¢ Worth: 27¢
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How important is the car to a local economy? I'm trying to recruit the best man of Lisa and my wedding to associate his ideas to this essay. When I first met Bernie he drove a yellow Chevrolet Caprice four door. My mother was still alive at the time, she had a newer two door version of the same car. Bernie is from Detroit. His father and family have compiled many years of employment at GM. Bernie is a rare friend in life with a high degree of commonality. We graduated from universities with similar computer science programs and our upbringing were both blue collar. I've never owned anything but GM cars. Bernie politics in cars are similar to mine.

Does being a GM loyalist provide an upper hand in this essay? No. I asked my older brother Jack why he's always owned Chevy or GM extended cabs. Seems a crew cab would be better for his family. He explained GM crew cabs are manufactured south of the border. Extended cabs are manufactured entirely in the United States. I don't dig that deep. Maybe Bernie does.

I've learned the choice of a car is a very political decision. I've met people whose disdain for union workers prevented them from buying GM. Union workers are a reason for my loyalty. A few days ago I quietly listen to an acquaintance proudly speak of her new Honda Accord. She explained how Honda was the most reliable car. She also explained paying something like 45g. Damn I thought inwardly, I wouldn't want that car even if it was the same price as a Buick. The quality of GM cars has improved over the last ten years. In the lower quality years I did my own maintenance or more accurately had help from my brothers. When an alternator stopped working it was just a matter of taking it out and fixing it. In the early 80s my oldest brother Larry showed me how to change the brushes in an alternator. With an hour of quality family time the car battery was charging again for less than five dollars. There is a matter of family values in the politics of a car.

Just after New Years, Lisa and I purchased a Chevrolet Equinox for 27G. That is a lot of money. I'm not for sure where all that money went in this localization equation, but do have a suggestion how to keep the money closer to home.

Andrew is my older son. He is fourteen. He's already talking about a car. He's been asking about fixer uppers. I mentioned liking the 1988 Chevy Z24 with a 2.8 litre V6. The one I once owned was a five speed manual. Sure it's no Corvette or Camaro, but it was fun, it was quick, and it got descent gas mileage. Over the past couple years I've searched Craigslist for 88 and 89 Z24s. Typically they are under $1,500. $7,500 in body work and upholstering would go a long way. Another $7,500 for the engine and other intangibles would make Andrew the envy of his class. Of the $15,000 I would say $5,000 would go to parts of unknown origin. The other $10,000 would go to labor from the community.

My father owned an autobody shop. He worked until I was about 14 years old. Around the age of sixty, two rear end car accidents and the back strain from his business took its toll. So I missed my father teaching allot in my impressionable years. Thankfully my older brothers were there as mentors. Imaging my father still alive and healthy, his business would not exist today. We live in a throw away society. People either drive with dents, trade the car into the dealer, or send it to the junk yard. I guess dealerships are part of the community, though I don't remember any dealership offloading business to any locally owned independent garage owners. On occasion, Olin Corporation gave my father odd contracts. I don't see local corporations doing that any more. (A topic for another essay).

So what is the point? $16,500 would go along way in getting Andrew a new car. No matter what car he would get; Chevy, Ford, Honda, or Nissan I doubt much money would stay local if it was a new car from a dealership.

If the thoughts in this association are not relevant to local economies, maybe they would apply to an essay on child development. I'm convinced a fixer-upper is the right way to go. Not just for the local economy, but to teach Andrew good values. The car provided an opportunity for a father and his two older sons to pass their values to me. Bernie has older brothers as well, I'm sure the car has something to do in the commonality of our values. I hope to pass on similar values to Andrew.

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from Scott on 2012-09-16 22:02
Association Index: A358
Association's 2¢ Worth: 10¢
External Link: Mike Rowe Asks Congress To Support More "Dirty Jobs"
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   from Mitch on 2012-09-17 20:52

Although the link is good for the wider context, it contains assumptions that the essay will contend - and that is the context between national and community economy. So, rather than refining the essay, this link opens up another essay on the balance between national and local community interests.

   from Jim [the Author] on 2012-09-30 09:11

This is excellent and is very much part of what my essay was about. Real work that local people need to do for each other. Work with real skills that accomplishes essential needs of a local economy.

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from Scott on 2012-09-16 21:54
Association Index: A357
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External Link: Rethinking Prosperity: Ideas For 'Fixing The Future' : NPR
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Mike Rowe Asks Congress To Support More "Dirty Jobs"
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   from Mitch on 2012-09-17 21:29

What is particularly cogent is the exploration of value exchange and economy that supports community instead of dispersing it. I love the idea of the "Hour bank". I think this could well be the nucleus of a whole new economic paradigm.

   from Jim [the Author] on 2012-09-30 09:32

This expands on the point of community and how thinking focused on the communtity can make such a positive difference.

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from Scott on 2012-09-16 04:38
Association Index: A356
External Link: Mitt Romney Blasted At RNC By Workers Facing Layoffs Under Bain
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   from Jim [the Author] on 2012-09-16 10:54

This association points to the insecurity of our jobs and how globalization is part of that.

   from Mitch on 2012-09-17 21:34

Once again, this link provides context, but does not address the positive recommendaion of the essay. What might be cogent is to understand that globalism is not just one thing - so another essay needs to be written to pick the word "globalism" apart and stop it being used as a political slogan.

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from Scott on 2012-09-16 08:54
Association Index: A355
External Link: Employee sit-in to keep jobs at Goose Island plant - Chicago Sun-Times
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   from Jim [the Author] on 2012-09-16 11:01

There is little relevancy here. This shows the weakness of our typical capitalist way of doing business. The business is not there to provide jobs, it is there to make a profit, if there is not enough sales, they have to close. Simple as that.

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from Scott on 2012-09-01 12:20
Association Index: A195
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External Link: United States non-interventionism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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from Scott on 2012-08-31 22:08
Association Index: A194
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External Link: Why Buy Local Produce? «

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from Scott on 2012-08-31 21:54
Association Index: A193
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External Link: Why Local Economies Matter - STWR - Share The World's Resources

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from Scott on 2012-08-31 21:52
Association Index: A192
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External Link: Local Economies Seek Own Revival - WSJ.com
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This is probably the opposite side of your argument. This association hints at federal stimulation to help local economies. Personally I don't think you can have it both ways. You can't take federal and think local.

State and local governments are still hoping to get pieces of the $787 billion federal stimulus package, which is designed to pump money into health care, transportation and education, among other things.

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   from Jim [the Author] on 2012-09-30 10:53

Even though most of this to me seems aimed in the wrong direction, it still looks to the typical way things are done and tries to fit it to a smaller scale. As was mentioned and I agree, you can't have it both ways. Yet towards the end of this, there is some ideas that have merit and agree with my original essay.

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from Scott on 2012-08-31 21:46
Association Index: A191
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External Link: Community-based economics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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from Scott on 2012-08-31 21:44
Association Index: A190
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External Link: A New Deal for Local Economies by Stacy Mitchell — YES! Magazine

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from Scott on 2012-08-31 21:39
Association Index: A187
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Quotation from Berry, Wendell

Today, local economies are being destroyed by the "pluralistic," displaced, global economy, which has no respect for what works in a locality. The global economy is built on the principle that one place can be exploited, even destroyed, for the sake of another place.

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from Scott on 2012-08-31 21:37
Association Index: A186
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Quotation from Goldwater, Barry

To be successful, representative government assumes that elections will be controlled by the citizenry at large, not by those who give the most money. Electors must believe their votes count. Elected officials must owe there allegiance to the people, not to their own wealth or to the wealth of interest groups who speak only for the selfish fringes of the whole community. (Attributed to Barry Goldwater in Paul Simon's Autobiography, page 307)

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from Scott on 2012-08-31 21:35
Association Index: A185
Quotation from Nash, Steve

I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person's life is the affect they have on others.

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from Scott on 2012-08-31 21:31
Association Index: A182
Quotation from Havel, Václav

Let us teach ourselves and others that politics should be an expression of a desire to contribute to the happiness of the community rather than of a need to cheat or rape the community.

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from Scott on 2012-08-31 21:29
Association Index: A181
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Quotation from Berry, Wendell

A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives.

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from Scott on 2012-08-31 05:58
Association Index: A179
Association's 2¢ Worth: 10¢
External Link: The Idea of a Local Economy | Wendell Berry | Orion Magazine
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   from Jim [the Author] on 2012-09-30 11:04

Indeed the thoughts of Mr. Berry have been instrumental in forming my own. This is an excellent article of which I highly recommend one being well versed in.

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