Apples don’t fall far from trees, do they?

Saskia Sassen:

Here is one local version of this fighting back. It needs to be expanded and recognized as significant. It is the work of re-localising components of “the” economy. Re-localising in this case becomes a fight against the corporatising of everything: do we really have to depend on corporations to have a cup of coffee, to buy vegetables, to get bookshelves? Any neighbourhood is likely to have local talent that could handle this. We must re-localise whatever we can re-localise. This will inevitably be a partial project as many of our more complex needs can only be met via complex knowledge systems (e.g. a hospital). But we must maximise the replacement of franchises by work done in our or other neighbourhoods in our cities and towns. A franchise by definition takes out part of the consumption capacity of a neighbourhood out of that neighbourhood and onto central headquarters. We must maximise the recirculation of our spending in our localities, and that means a collective effort to meet as much of our needs locally. I see in this type of effort a first step that can lead to other efforts, notably a new kind of politics.


In most cases, fascists discouraged or banned foreign trade; fascists believed that too much international trade would make the national economy dependent on international capital, and therefore vulnerable to international economic sanctions. Economic self-sufficiency, known as autarky, was a major goal of most fascist governments.

About Saskia Sassen:

Sassen was born in The Hague, Netherlands in 1947. In 1948 Sassen’s parents, Willem Sassen and Miep van der Voort, escaped to Argentina and the family lived in Buenos Aires.[1] Her father was a Dutch collaborator with the Nazis, a Nazi journalist and a member of the Waffen-SS. In the 1950s Willem Sassen was close to Adolf Eichmann when both were living in Argentina and she recalls him visiting her childhood home.

The sins of the father do not descend to the daughter of course but her economic ideas don’t seem to have gone far from that tree, do they?

18 thoughts on “Apples don’t fall far from trees, do they?”

  1. Much trading is simply to the benefit of the intermediary: for instance, the fact that the UK exports potatoes to Germany and imports potatoes from Germany is to the benefit of the intermediary set up of lawyers, accountants, shippers, insurance companies, and more, that are needed to do this type of trade. They rarely lose. It is mostly not to the benefit of the consumer.

    The mind boggles. We consumers must be idiots for buying German potatoes when there are perfectly good British ones available. I henceforth vow to only drive Rover cars and only eat turnips in winter.

  2. As you well know, Tim, it’s difficult to get a fag paper between socialist economics and national socialist economics.

    I know that those inside the tent see the minor doctrinal differences as being massive, just as I’m sure that extremist Lutherans see Catholics as non-christians due to the belief in transsubstantiation, but from outside the tent they’re the same effing thing. So it does not surprise me that reds and greens make statements that would not have been out of place in 1930s Germany or Italy.

    Just as it no longer surprises me when Lefties practically quote Der Stürmer only replacing “jews” with “zionists” and “judaism” with “zionism”…..

  3. She thinks that leads to “a new kind of politics”. Sounds a lot like an old kind of politics, one which we spent a great deal of blood and treasure defeating.
    And if pressed, no doubt she would defend mercantilism the Hanseatic league and the Teutonic Knights.

  4. So why is she allowing this to be published on the internet? Surely she should be writing this using charcoal on home-made paper and handing it out to passers by.

  5. Yes anyone can set up a small business selling coffee, vegetables, bookshelves etc where there is space to rent or buy.
    Never purchased bookshelves locally from a small seller, never even seen a small business doing it locally. But the others yes.
    Where do people choose to buy such things? From corporations able to provide choice, speed, location, price etc.

    Its easy to set up a business locally, much harder to get the custom.

  6. [National] socialism: wait two months for a locally made, expensive bookshelf limited in design by availability of local materials.

    Free market: click and collect from Argos.

    It annoys these bastards no end that ordinary people prefer option 2.

  7. So why is she allowing this to be published on the internet? Surely she should be writing this using charcoal on home-made paper and handing it out to passers by.


  8. How local to her is coffee? Why are we importing foreign stimulants when presumably there are others much nearer to her, grown in her neighbourhood?

  9. I don’t understand the hate for franchises. Locally run, centrally administered, high economies of scale by choice rather than force. Isn’t that the sort of thing Leftists would want?

    Or is the hate because those kinds of business franchises are more immune to political franchises, that are similarly locally run and centrally administered, than a purely local business would be?

  10. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I wonder if this useless cunt has even the most vestigial of ideas of how coffee is grown, harvested, processed and redistributed*. As always, the arrogance and high-handedness of Leftist authoritarians knows no bounds, but their lack of any specific knowledge of the fields about which they pontificate is breathtaking (cf. Murphy, R.)

    * it’s backbreaking, incredibly labour-intensive at the picking end, consumes huge areas of land, is confined to the tropics, requires smaller growers to either join a cooperative for maturing and roasting or charge boutique prices, and has a very low profit margin. When Oi were a lad†, the place where my office now sits was coffee fields as far as the eye can see. It is now shopping malls and retail parks and 5* hotels because coffee is a fucking useless thing to grow on the outskirts of a major city.

    † I wasn’t in CR at that point, but still.

  11. ‘I wonder if this useless cunt has even the most vestigial of ideas of how coffee’

    The decadent have no need to know. Coffee comes from the store.

    I’d wager she doesn’t know the difference between a company, an LLC, or a corporation. She probably thinks being big or international makes a corporation.

    ‘do we really have to depend on corporations to have a cup of coffee, to buy vegetables, to get bookshelves?’

    No, ma’am. But in your neolithic economy, you must choose between coffee, or vegetables, or bookshelves.

  12. I *do* depend on corporations to have a cup of coffee because the individual coffee grower cannot deliver me a bag of beans once a year on his bicycle (I can actually remember Spanish onion sellers cycling round with onions each autumn) – because it would take him months to get here, pausing on the way to deliver a few bags in wherever.
    If, of course, Clarke Kent was doing the delivery schedule, maybe I should not need to depend on corporations for my coffee.

  13. Yes let’s get rid of corporations and go back to producing everything individually. 7 billion people all trying to grow enough food themselves to not starve will improve everyone’s life indefinitely. Excuse me, I have to go sharpen a stick to deal with the guy an acre over who stole a plum from my tree.

    Now that I’m back it seems that we have to get rid of the notion of property ownership. Since the guy on the next acre is dead I’ll eat the food he’s been growing. Isn’t all the land mine to do with as I see fit with no one protecting the weak?

  14. The decadent have no need to know. Coffee comes from the store.

    Bizarrely, both ends of the supply chain are a ignorant. Consumers don’t understand how milk is produced, farmers don’t understand how it is distributed and sold. Hence city-dwellers seem to think farming can be done locally, and farmers think the retailers are ripping them off. It is perhaps unsurprising that those who understand the whole supply chain – the distributors and retailers – are the ones making the money.

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