We would all love to keep politics out of the Small-Mart Revolution. Public policy and public money certainly can spread LOIS business, but just as often “official” assistance can be co-opting, limiting, wasteful, and corrupt. Even the best-intended pro-LOIS programs can move at turtle speed, get ensnarled in bureaucracy, and become so politicized that half the public could wind up hating small business. Nearly all the efforts described so far—local purchasing, local investing, local business building—can be done by the private sector or by nonprofits. Yet, it’s hard to continue ignoring the $113 billion advantage that the public sector is conferring on TINA. Indeed, because global corporations have insinuated TINA logic, ...

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