Kannattaa aina tiedostaa sekä henkinen että fyysinen matka Helsingistä Utsjoelle. Siinä on välissä aika monta kehää pohdittavaa: ainakin enemmän kuin kolme.

At the base of all the considerations of Economics are zoning rights to land. This is where the mathematical-logic of Economics meets the law of the People: where objectivity fuses into emotion. This is the primary lesson of Economics: realising the duality of objectivity and subjectivity that forms reality.

Zoning decisions guide the entire process of economic, and therefore Human, growth had thereafter upon any said land in question. Here, the matching of demand to supply should be as optimized as possible: the effects on Society are longest-term. In Finland, for example, we have two large Everyday Merchant -chains (Kesko and the S-Group) who have, on this side of the millennium, begun to have become challenged by the Germany-based Lidl. Their relative political power, as measured by zoning rights and those to project their formation, determines who has how much market share in whichever planned locations of commerce.

As the transparency of the Government and its operation has improved in Finland, distancing previous strangleholds on local market areas to make space for new Competitors, so has Lidl’s position: this is a positive development, since the Citizens acting as Customers have been happy, since they’ve had more choice. The market for products has broadened: everyday life now contains more possibilities.

Here we can observe that what matters next, after zoning rights, is market share distribution amongst the created real estate: which type of market participants own (either directly or through lease-&-use) how much of what type of usable area, and how well are they doing overall, fiscally and otherwise? Since these considerations and their surroundings in Science & Philosophy will always be the access routes to the most immediate measure of a People’s well-being, I believe that local economies are the most important place to start when considering the state of a Nation objectively: what Economics is supposed to continue focusing upon. The sum of the parts builds the whole.

None of what I’m saying is, of course, at any level, new in any way: I’m just compressing it into as-fast-as-possible a reset-button. The calling of the remembrance of the obvious, so to say, in the steering of the global economy across future times, towards better directions.

Suomen kuluttajatalouden isoin haaste on S-ryhmän ylisuuri presenssi asiakasrajapinnassa. Haluan korostaa sitä, kuinka uskomattoman hyvin toimivat koneistot Keskolla ja S-ryhmällä ovat nostaneet Suomen elintasoa läpi viime vuosikymmenten, parantaen saatavilla olevaa valikoimaa etenkin tämän vuosituhannen puolella. Ongelmana on kuitenkin se, että paikallistalouksien mahdollisuudet yrittäjyyteen ovat liian kapeat sen myötä, että S-ryhmä on vallannut liian suuren osan asiakasrajapinnasta: Suomen pienkaupunkien pääkadut ovat usein miltei täysin S-ryhmän hallinnassa eivätkä yksityisyrittäjät kykene kilpailemaan tasavertaisista lähtökohdista. S-ryhmän pilkkominen siten, että sen tehokas logistinen koneisto ei vaarannu, on tärkeätä: Yrittäjien mahdollisuuksia yrittää pitää parantaa merkittävästi.

© 2019 Jens J. Sørensen

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