Local control of local resources is clearly a powerful thought. It does not mean that local control equals sustainability. It means local control is a foundation to build sustainable ethic upon.
Our world is large and our politic ineffective and our method of democracy defunct. We have created and empowered a monster, but defusing the bomb is quite simple in theory. To start with as another thread suggested ‘the same logic that created the problem cannot be expected to solve it’.
We need to adopt what I call the “3-balance” in all decisions going forward: 1.)ecological Balance, 2.) Social Balance, 3.) Sustenance Balance. In permaculture this is called the triple bottom line; whatever it is called it is a foundation to bring world society around to sustainability.
Local Control means empower powerful local democracy in the vial of strong 3-balance rooted ethic controlling the minimum sufficient resource base to sustain quality of life for the human community and their sustaining ecology (together called the local ecosystem).
Set the bar of sustainability at goods-in, goods-out in equal proportion and mineral balance. Within, the community democratic goal is to strive on average for 3-balance and to be, on average, net contributors to the building of their “resource base” henceforth called “their ecosystem”.
Corporations don’t have to be a monster. If they must adapt to fit a world of societies controlling their own resource base so be it. Obviously, corporations do not have the rights of creatures, rather they have the cooperative right of the people involved subject to the democratic control of the communities in which they operate. This is a baseline starting point to rapidly adapt our society to the best interests of life.