At the Ghandi center in Washington, D.C. there is "a life-sized bronze sculpture of Gandhi sitting at his charkha (or spinning wheel). It was a daily habit for Gandhi to sit at his charkha to spin yarn as a personal discipline and as an ongoing protest against the foreign monopoly on cloth. Gandhi, sitting peacefully and attentively spinning yarn, became an iconic image of him"
The government has not prevented us from making our own cloth, toasters, can openers, shoes, whatever and yet we don't. We would rather save our money so we can buy more rubbish. Big business would rather expand their bottomline by cutting jobs; they profit most by getting the product they sell without having to get their hands dirty. How sustainable is it for everyone to spend money buying things while their jobs disappear off-shore? Why is it cheaper to buy frozen broccoli shipped from China than broccoli grown in this country?
I read labels and avoid imports when I can. My main feeble revolt is to buy all my clothing second-hand and to only buy what I absolutely need. What else should I be doing?