As I've studied green issues, I have frequently come across the "buy local" train of thought, but I've never seen it embraced as completely as it was in this Gristmill post by Jon Rynn -- at least not since my undergraduate courses on international trade and economic philosophy. It's very easy to understand the intellectual impulse behind his arguments, but don't think I'm overstating the point in calling his recommendations potentially disastrous. Buying local is a common and appealing idea, so it's worth reviewing the economics behind Rynn's proposals. Economic self-sufficiency is an old idea. Before the revolution in economic …
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