No 7-Eleven’s Nativism

Two recent tweets from an organization dedicated to preventing the “whitewash[ing of] our community.”

Localism adopts the premise that people have free choice to structure a capitalist economy. But when people make the wrong choices, then localism can become right-wing and anti-immigrant. It critiques globalization for strengthening multinational corporations at the expense of communities.

A distrust of foreign people creeps in. Being rooted in a place enhances relationships, whereas “(m)obility erodes community.” Migration brings displacement and alienation. This parochialism extends to non-local workers, who don’t contribute to local economies and spend what they earn elsewhere. Since value for localists is created only through exchange, foreign workers bring no benefit.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. joe
    Jul 18, 2013 @ 12:18:23

    It is ironic that folks who seek to defend what is a local, diverse, cosmopolitan community would play this card. That being said it’s not at all clear that these individuals speak for No 7-Eleven. From what I’ve read on Rob Hollander’s blog 7-Eleven is mainly framed as a non-New Yorker — a Dallas-based corporate juggernaut. That was also the theme of the skit performed by Bob Holman & company at the No 7-Eleven rally in Tompkins Square a few months back. Provincial rather than nativist.

    On the issue of critiquing ‘globalization for empowering corporations at the expense of communities’, that extends across lines of right and left. On the right Edward Luttwack made a case against the way global free markets (he dubbed it ‘turbo-capitalism’) dissolve local communities. On the left the Zapatistas opposed NAFTA on the grounds that the free market would destroy local, indigenous ways of life. So too did the Ogoni community in the Niger Delta in their struggle against oil companies. No 7-Eleven falls on the left side of this spectrum since it’s goal is not a nostalgia-driven retreat into a non-existent past where the EV was composed wholly of local small businesses but a greater amount of say on the part of community boards in regards to placement of chain stores. Unfortunately that message is ignored by the individuals you quoted.


    • shmnyc
      Jul 18, 2013 @ 18:34:20

      I think it must be understood that these people do speak for No 7-Eleven; the tweets are from the No 7-Eleven Twitter page.


  2. joe
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 00:39:34

    I don’t use twitter so I might be missing something when I look at the No 7-Eleven twitter page. But there seem to be official tweets from No 7-Eleven (they bear a No 7-Eleven icon) alongside tweets from other individuals (Sean Kelly, Unhappy Franchisee, Bedford & Bowery). I assume the former represent the organization and the latter represent someone sympathetic to No 7-Eleven (or at least someone who wants to get a message across the No 7-Eleven network).


    • shmnyc
      Jul 19, 2013 @ 10:13:35

      It works the same way “Share” does on Facebook. No 7-Eleven “retweets” things they want their followers to see. Those “tweets” show up on the pages of their followers, as well as their own page. What they retweet becomes their message.


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