July 27, 2010
Commenter H.D.W. (7th comment down) wisely suggested a “Do It Yourself” approach to Distributism:
To make economies more centered on individuals and families, work to make your household a place of value creation. This is both powerful and satisfying.
Gardening, homeschooling, raising chickens, caring for elderly parents, shopping at the farmers market, fixing your own stuff, starting a small business are all (more or less) accessible, fun and worthy of encouragement.
The government has a role to play in not discouraging small scale value creation. Why is it that I pay sales tax on vegetable seed, fruit tree starts and animal feed, but not on canned corn, frozen apple juice, and breaded chicken breasts?
Some excellent ideas, H.D.W. Here are some others:
- Shop at small businesses instead of chains & monster online stores.
- Eat at owner-operated restaurants instead of franchises.
- Join and participate in co-ops.
- When you give to charities, donate to those that don’t just toss money around, but provide working capital and training for the poor (e.g., the Heifer foundation).
- If you have choices about where to work, but you can’t be an entrepreneur, work for a smaller business instead of a larger one.
- If you’re in a union, promote the idea of employee ownership.
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