Comment: No it's not. Local Cities and Towns can make it happen.

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No it's not. Local Cities and Towns can make it happen.

They can create laws that favor local businesses just like the feds help promote corporations. It can and has been done.

It IS naive to think either the gov't or corporations will go away anytime soon.

But there ARE ways to make things better if people choose that.

Most people (especially in the south) love their brand-names and feel a special connection with some corporations and will probably always stick up for them, but I think that the majority of others could be swayed with education.

As far as your questions? I don't have the expertise to answer those, hopefully someone else can jump in.