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(en) Canada, Saguenay: Sustainability of Business in doubt: The small local bourgeoisie in tears. by Collectif Emma Goldman (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:41:27 +0200


Although malls still attract its share of customers, the commercial survival of downtown Chicoutimi is not threatened, far from it (1). Here is the 'good news" reported in the newspaper The Daily on November 8. This article follows the "warning" Emily Gauthier, owner of the shop ... Marie-Josée and president of the Economic Development Corporation and cultural Arvida. She worries about the impact of online shopping in the local shops. She says " Is that's the sad fate of independents? Does our city centers are becoming empty desert? Many lament the situation, but how many actually prefer buying local?". ---- Emily Gauthier (2) deplores the closure of Planet Rock Shop, which sells, among other things, flags and vests bands made in China . Is that local? Or Roch Delisle, owner of haberdashery Laflamme, posing proudly in front of a sign Made in Italy, where you can find the "big" brands local as Hugo Boss .... Vive buying local!

Roch Laflamme Delisle haberdashery ...

But the real question is: buy local ... but for whom? For what purposes? This is not because we live in the same area (same area) that we have the same interests. Buy to fatten employers and non thank you local bourgeoisie. Before you blame the people who do not buy local, or rather do not buy from their local distributor, can we ask for a moment? Can you really blame people for buying products cheaper online? We do not believe. In a society where everything goes up except wages and families are drowning in debt (3), want to save a few dollars by buying on the internet is more than understandable.

The local is not independent of overall and remains only a link in the great capitalist system. This local bourgeoisie is only the latest products distributor, which often come from elsewhere, from the long line. Some middle-class have several businesses, such as the owner of Market downtown (Small-Medium Business), which also owns the Provigo in Chicoutimi-Nord, which is part of the great chain Loblaw. In the end, the more products you buy do not come from local and money only serves to fatten the pockets of regional petty bourgeoisie. One way or another, the small regional bourgeoisie remains thank you to the economic transformation and poverty. Whether through financing or spheres of production, circulation and distribution, the small local merchant is fully embedded in a system where a crisis after another. We can look for ways to develop the eternal solute to a dysfunctional system, or they may seek to abolish it.


Rethinking the mode of production and distribution ... another economy Advocate:

This output of small-trader are spotlights on secondary issues. If small businesses downtown eventually die, buying online is not the case. The problem stems from the economic system. The concentration of capital in the hands of a few monopolies supported by political leaders affects more local trade. The invisible hand of Adam Smith remains a myth ... The small local merchant can not compete with the Walmarts of this world. More than ever, we must break with the capitalist system in place by opting for the creation of production cooperatives and self-managed distribution and socialization of the past to ensure that they compete. Such a change will not be the product of Corporations entrepreneurs. This involves the takeover of firms (workers' control) by and for Artists-workers and self development of all production tools. We need to take hands bosses control the economy!


(1) http://www.lapresse.ca/le-quotidien/actualites/201411/07/01-4816944-pas-de-quoi-salarmer.php

(2) Emilie Gauthier reassures us, she mentions in the article that his business is going very well! (3) http://cacq.ca/l-endettement-une-situation

There he published Yesterday by Collectif Emma Goldman
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