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April 06, 2007
Got negative feelings about globalization?
If you have negative feelings about globalization, here's something positive you can do about it: Make a microloan to a poor person in an economically disadvantaged nation. This way, you're not taking away anybody's job in America, and you're not exploiting poor people overseas. A banker I met at a conference a couple days ago turned me on to Kiva.org, a non-profit clearinghouse that links needy people who have a business plan with folks who can help them out. I made my loan to Luka Lua, a seamstress in Samoa.
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Do you really have negative feelings about globalization -- and live and work in the USA? Well, here are four starting points for you. Pay special attention to the last sentence of point 3.
1. Stop your crazed consumption habits. Keep what you have until it absolutely cannot be used anymore. I'm referring to cars, clothes, appliances, electronics, etc. Every time you buy one of those things 90% of your money leaves the country, anyway.
2. Buy local. Shop at the local produce store. With the money saved from lowered consumption spend the extra dollars for (more expensive)locally-produced clothes, food, etc.
3. Live simply. Don't kill yourself trying to keep up with the neighbors. The more you earn the less percentage of it you get to keep for yourself. It's a waste of your time and just enriches the oligarchs of globalization.
4. Research the records of the politicians who are asking for your vote, and choose accordingly. At this point in time the dire economic straits of this country is more important than "culture war" politics.
And finally, good luck to you in the coming depression. May you be able to keep your children housed and fed. Maybe after a really nasty one this country will finally wake up.
Note: The comments above were posted to the previous blog entry. However, they are just as relevant to this one. We cannot expect politicians and the economic elite to help us in this beggar-thy-neighbor economy. They're only out to get theirs as quickly as possible (and they're praying that they'll be able to keep it after the shit hits the fan). Our only recourse is a consumer boycott. Spread the word.
Posted by: Jack Johnson at April 9, 2007 11:37 AM