Originally Posted by Splinemodel
Why not? I am the market. I can choose a product on whatever merits it has, including that it does *not* fund people who don't believe in the concept of free markets.
It's a question of passion on the ~seller's~ side. The market is there, regardless of whether they have an "ideology" or not.
If the passion is there on the ~seller's~ side (also free market, the most passionate about it will choose to do it, rather than government sponsorship which would be silly), then the free market to ~buy~ the products will work fine.
There's actually a lot of excellent Australian-made products but the startup community, at least in my city, is too busy trying to be the next Facebook than be truly passionate about empowering Australian growers, producers and manufacturers.
The nonsense I'm hearing out of the startup community in Australia and around the world is just... annoying now, and worse than the dot-com boom.
I can't wait for one big online store that is purely Australian-owned, Australian-made and has all the products in Australia. There's some amazing stuff here, not the least of are food and dairy products that you'd really want... Organic food, clothes, etc.
There's a guy in my city as well that has decent manufacturing capability but he doesn't want to make like accessories or something for a global market, he's interested in the "startup" fantasy.