This is a wonderful article written by Dohn Chapman on his blog “earthstonestation”, on cottage industry history and importance to our culture and economy.
There is a huge trends right now towards living simply, consuming less and buying locally. All of these things help enrich our lives, our communities and our environment. Enjoy.
How can rural communities advance the common goal of economic stability, healthy living and environmental stewardship?
Food, clothing and shelter are the necessities of human survival. These industries and the transportation of these goods also have the largest impact on the environment. These same industries also drive a good portion of the local economy as well as corporate economic growth.
Most countries use capitalism as a way of organizing the economy. The things that are used to grow, make and transport products are owned by individual people or a company rather than the government. The mid-18th century gave rise to industrial capitalism, made possible by the accumulation of vast amounts of capital under the mercantile phase of capitalism and its investment in machinery. Over the past two decades, Wall Street investors, boards of directors, financial analysts, even auditors and career politicians have all collaborated in creating a new type of…
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