New from Zero Books - No Local: Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won't Change The World
By Greg Sharzer
$19.95 USD / £11.99
‘No Local: Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won’t Change The World’ challenges the received wisdom that farmers' markets, community gardening and cooperatives can provide a human-scale alternative to the global market. 'Localist' schemes are covered regularly in the press and their small-is-beautiful ethos has become accepted wisdom among many progressive urbanites. But can growing your own vegetables really do an end-run around corporate agribusiness? Does capitalism get friendlier as it gets smaller?
Most critics of local economic alternatives come from the Right, but ‘No Local’ is firmly rooted in Marxism, arguing that, far from challenging market rule, small-scale alternatives are often ways to reconcile with it. Localist politics can come from a desire to escape, rather than to confront, capitalist inequality.
But that doesn’t mean things are hopeless. Although direct and questioning, ‘No Local’ takes a positive view about the possibilities for social change. If we confront the market and its political rulers, we can build social movements that begin to create an egalitarian society – a legacy the Arab Spring and Occupy movements have begun to reclaim. Published by radical press Zero Books, ‘No Local’ poses key questions for the Left as it emerges from its decades-long torpor.