“Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains”.
While lumping all merchants together is certainly not entirely accurate, the quote from Thomas Jefferson certainly rings true for ‘big business’.
In fact, today it is more true than ever. With seemingly few exceptions, over the decades, grocers and merchants have been gobbled up by increasingly mammoth sized corporations who have no loyalty to your neighborhood or community, or even any nation or country.
Here’s why it matters…
The function (purpose) of ‘big business’ (in general) does not require that they hold loyalty to you, your neighborhood, community, or country.
For example, a company’s corporate center may be located in Dublin for tax purposes, their retail centers in the United States for Sales, and their manufacturing in China for labor cost benefits.
Western manufacturing is only a shell of what it used to be, and western countries have become entirely reliant upon the ‘cheap goods’ from ‘third-world’ or ‘developing’ nations.
For the mega-corp, it’s all about the stock price – and it’s NOT about you or me, or the so called ‘quality’ of their products (with some exceptions – as there always are).
While you might benefit if the mega-corp stock price goes up (if you are invested in the company’s stock while engaging in the stock market), you are benefiting at the loss of other things. The loss of your neighborhood and locally owned grocer, hardware store, retail store, etc.. The loss of your country’s manufacturing sector. The loss of your national identity.
In a world of global mega-corps, you might say that one’s risks have increased due to one’s dependence upon the complicated, intertwined, and geographically distant systems which bring nearly every parcel of food to your table and nearly all of the products that you buy.
Part of preparedness is minimizing one’s risks. And to support the mega-corps who have no loyalty or concern for you and your community is to support the ever increasing risks of your own dependency upon their products – they are your lifeline…
Instead, and whenever possible, you might consider supporting your own community. A community of self-sustaining local businesses who provide food and other essential products, is a community that will stand a chance to survive and thrive in a post-collapse world where the supply chains and dependencies of the mega-corps have broken down.
Not everyone has a choice to ‘buy local’ because in many areas of the country there is no more ‘local’. But if you look for it, you might be surprised what you find.
I hope you have not misunderstood the message… I am not anti-capitalist. I am an independent thinker who in this case believes that it is better for a community to support ‘local’ (or as close that you can come to local) rather than to spend your money at the ‘mega-corp’.
When you buy local, the money and profits will stay closer to home (and community). When you buy ‘mega-corp’, the money and profits will go far away (with the exception of the payroll for those who work there – the same as local business).
When you buy local, you are supporting the notion of a self-sustaining community and are minimizing the systemic risks within an uncertain global world.
Unfortunately today’s overburdening governmental regulations are a great hindrance to many small businesses. I have a conspiratorial viewpoint on this which stems from the FACT that our representatives are beholden to their money-masters, the lobbyists of big-business who use them to minimize competition and to maximize their own gains. This is true at the national level and the state level (although varies by state).
I have a pessimistic view that it’s ‘too far gone’ to change the way it is, without suffering through a great collapse (which I do believe is coming). Only then will we be forced to survive the way we once did – by our own self reliance and community support.