I feel that it is important to buy local as much as possible. Not only is it usually more quality items when you buy handcrafted goods, but you are supporting that you can see, touch, and feel. And I think to many people depend on Walmart and other gross chains to support their needs and mainly wants. I would like to know how other people feel.
There are pros and cons to it. Imagine if everyone bought 100% local... we wouldn't have most of our innovations. Buying cheap actually allows for more creation of wealth, more money transfer, more innovation, etc...
I agree there are positives and negatives to each side. You make great valid points. I just believe to many people rely on big business to much. What would you rather have a $50 dresser that last one year or a $300 dollar dresser that could last a hundred years. But as far as electronics, cars and that sort of stuff. well I would never buy handmade.. lol
Not to mention your fallacious argument. What is true of the part isn't necessarily true of the whole. Just because one 'X' does something bad doesn't mean all 'X's are bad. Punish the individual, not the group.
Properly regulated such enterprise would be fine, the problem is jurisdictional, while Coca Cola, United Fruit (now Chiquita banana) and Shell have all committed acts of murder abroad the countries where they do so are usually unstable and the authorities easily corrupted allowing corporations to do evil things (like kill union organizers) overseas so as to bring lower costs in the US. So as I see it the problem is not international business it's the improper regulation of it.
We may not be able or even want to get rid of "big business" and chains. And I myself do not think they are all evil. But I think it is sad when a lot of children these days do not know what good food is, other than fast-food and microwave meals. Or that the are a walking advertisment for whatever comic book hero or whatever is flashy on their 50-50 poly-cotton blend K-mart shirt. (which is very uncomfortable in my opinion.) The making of certain types of clothes, perfumes, certain foods, and many other things used to be an art form. Now over many industrial years we or they or whoever has reduced it to a truly sad form just to put out as much volume as possible. What I'm trying to say is that quality always beats quantity in my book.