LOCALISM, not GLOBALISM
Localism means discriminating in favour of, and orientating the economic system towards, local and national needs and markets. This helps to ensure that governments and peoples maintain control over their own economy, for their own benefit.
Our principle of Localism is a key to deliver our Green Programme.
The opposite of Localism is "Globalism", also referred to as "Globalisation". Globalism is the de-regulation of all trading conditions, which results in taking power away from governments and peoples, and thereby destroying the ability of individuals, communities and nation-states to determine their own existence, while wrecking the world's ecology.
We stand in opposition to globalising organisations, including the WTO, the World Bank, the IMF, the EU, and corporate treaties such as the MAI, which replace nation-states and democracy with the domination of unrestrained corporate finance.
We stand in opposition to those who claim that the population should be adjusted in order to serve the economy. We say to them that the economy will adjust to the population. The fundamental principle at stake is that our economy is here to serve us. We are not here to serve the economy!
Of course we understand that everything has a global dimension, but in that regard we say, "Protect the Local…Globally!" It is around this Localist philosophy that we build our programme of investment in the local economy.
Subsidies should discriminate in favour of the local and national interest. Investment programmes should concentrate on building local and national self-reliance in all spheres, as part of a wide programme intended to reverse economic decline, regenerate local communities, reinvent the local economy and create sustainable prosperity.
To give examples of what we mean in practical terms:
- We want to invest in education and training programmes which equip our young people with useful, productive skills which benefit the local economy. This will also mean that we don't have to moan about a "skills shortage" and pinch people from all around the world, when their skills are needed in their own homelands.
- As an ecologically-aware party we want to invest in sensible forms of renewable energy -- that is, those that are energy-efficient and don't destroy or harm the environment. In that regard, reliance on industrial wind-farming is neither practical nor environmentally-conscious. A good example of a sensible renewable energy policy is solar panels on all new-build social housing. In addition, we want investment in production methods which turn all forms of waste into biofuels which power vehicles without polluting fumes. These policies have the added advantage of improving the quality of the air we breathe and improving our health, as well as supporting the local economy while promoting Energy Independence on a personal, local and national level.
- Invest in a programme to build an integrated public transport network, thus again improving air quality and our health.
- Invest in a programme to ensure all social housing, and especially all new-build social housing, is energy efficient, thereby boosting both the local building and renewable energy sectors.
- Invest in promoting food self-sufficiency throughout the country, particularly in towns and cities so that all people have easy access to fresh, nutritious local food, which will improve our diets, promote health, improve our life expectancy, reduce food poverty, and stimulate local economies in both urban and rural areas. This will promote the principle of Food Sovereignty at a personal, local and national level, and we are committed to introducing a Bill on this policy when we are elected to the Scottish Parliament.
Further reading on Localism can be found here.