We all live on one planet with a limited amount of natural resources. The way we share those resources will determine whether or not civilization thrives or collapses. We believe that free people will share the world’s resources best.
Free People Share Best
Adam Smith stated in his 1776 treatise “On The Wealth of Nations” that trade creates wealth. More specifically, voluntary trade between two parties MUST create value for both parties because, if it didn’t, they would simply not make a transaction. This means that by trading, people generate more value in the world. They create a net gain.
This net gain is described by the economic law of comparative advantage which “explains how trade can create value for both parties even when one can produce all goods with fewer resources than the other.” Comparative advantage ensures that everyone, from the weakest peasant to the stronger titan of industry creates value in the marketplace through trade.
Openlocalism asks people to think openly and act locally because if people solved their own local problems in open way that allowed others to use, modify and improve their solutions, everyone would be able to more easily overcome common challenges – like those for food, shelter, education and access to social spaces. To practice openlocalism, simply start using FLO solutions to meet your own needs. When you encounter a problem without a FLO solution, consider how you can participate in creating one.