when nationalism comes full circle

though tecnically this isn’t a piping video, it’s contextual and in the background you can hear me playing, i played a whole set of tracks with some musicians there

i haven’t been posting because i have been through many changes in my personal life. i changed jobs, continents, language and even name (since my name is never properly pronounced).

one thing i’ve been realizing while i’m here (in australia) is that the nationalist fervor around home grown produce, which before might have been just a nasty nationalist pride thing, has come full circle and become relevant to the environmental concerns of today

for the little bit i’ve gathered, which might in the end require further investigation, there are “australian owned”, “100% aussie”, “genuine australian” tags everywhere, on stores and food labels. while this comes off as cheesy pride, it actually means that there is a bridge to be built between the local nationalist prickry of the right and the buy local act local trendy leftist mindset. it is in practice irrelevant if the local consumer is buying because he’s a bigot or he’s concerned about the environment if the whole supply chain is already sustainable and local

in this sense, and this is one of the strongest ideas i’ve had of this country so far, is that of its tremendous potential to become an example of sustainable, local and good life. we’re not talking about outsource energy and emissions. we’re talking about fertile land, sun and great food. if we add to it the strong economy, australia is probably one of the best candidates to jump straight to a locally sustained society. obviously there are many issues, such as mining, immigration and the aboriginal community issues. but all that seems small when put in context: a huge, fertile, beautiful country that lacks only the drive to become an example. just this month australia passed its first carbon tax. if anything, i feel parallels with my country, a tremendous potential to elevate a whole nation into moderate local sustainability, the main difference being my country doesn’t have the economy australia does

i’m low on posts here but i hope to bring some new ones. as i’ve settled, the posts might start to flow again