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I don't really care whether small businesses are the engines of growth because I agree with Edward Abbey that unlimited growth is the philosophy of the cancer cell.  I prefer small businesses and small farms for reasons other than growth.  First, they provide more autonomous opportunities to more people than the large industry models.  Second, they bring control and production as close to one another as possible, and typically in the same hands.  Third, they place control and production on a human level (individual/family/community) instead of on a corporate level.  Fourth, they decentralize the system and make people harder to control.  I saw an interesting article in the Kiev Post a few days ago in which a Ukrainian economist talked about authoritarians preferring centralized, industrial work over small businesses for that exact reason.
by rifek on Wed Feb 23rd, 2011 at 11:36:06 PM EST
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