What do people think about the arguments for 'local independent shops' as opposed to 'identikit highstreets' made up of massive TNC's etc etc?
Im havin a debate with a mate who thinks "that locally owned, locally sited, independant shops are beneficial to the local economy, local communities and environmentally. Yes it's still capitalism, but it's a step away from transnational corporations pursing profit at the expense of society and the environment, and it's a step towards sustainability and justice." He also told me to see these webpages:
In my view though capitalism is capitalism, surely still based on exploitation of natural resources and wage labour (even if shops owner is same person thats working, the products, transport, builing etc is still gonna be wage labour), capitalist exchange relationship etc so is neither sustainable nor just. Plus J Sainsbury started our as a fuckin greegrocer so in what way is a move AWAY from TNC's? Capital needs to expand right?
Anyway, just wondered what others thought (so I can nick arguments that support my position and ignore any that supports my mates! )