The Case Against Dumb Localization

Congratulations, fellow localizers!  Our arguments are winning!  Why else would the globalization elite be going out of their way to attack us? The lead editorial of the November 7th issue of the Economist skeptically asks, “Why Is the Idea of Import Substitution Being Revived?”  Import substitution, of course, is a technical term for localization, where

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Last Week’s Big News

No, not the election.  But a revolutionary change in securities law. Last week, in a 3-2 decision, the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) tweaked a bunch of regulations concerning investment crowdfunding.  The headliner change increased the maximum amount a company can raise in a year from $1 million to $5 million, which means that many

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Gimme Shelter (With Local Investment)

“Ooh, a storm is threatening My very life today If I don’t get some shelter Ooh yea, I’m gonna fade away.” – Rolling Stones We interrupt this election nail-biter for a special news flash:  No matter who wins the presidency, the country is facing a staggering housing crisis. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, communities across

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Calendar of Events

March 8, 15, 22, & 29: Local Economics 101 Workshop Series, Washington State Microenterprise Association

March 4, 11, 18, & 25: Local Economics 101 Workshop Series, Vital Communities and The Local Crowd Monadnock

March 17: “Sustainable Resolutions for 2021,” SouthEast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum