An Antidote to Globalisation

Does Globalisation need an antidote? For many people it clearly does not – globalisation is promoted by business and political elites as the process by which everyone can get what they want at a price they can afford. As far as one can judge, the majority of the world accepts this claim at face value, and if people have any problem with it at all, it is generally that they are worried about not having enough money to buy as many of the things offered by globalisation as they would like.
However, no matter how good something might appear to be to the majority, there is bound to be an awkward minority who do not want it, and, in a democratic society, this minority is generally tolerated, and allowed to opt out.
One of the problems with globalisation, however, is that the more people talk about opting out, the more enmeshed they often become. An example of this has been provided by the Brexit debate in the UK; many voters appear to have been attracted to the idea that Britain could return to simpler, pre-EU, times where communities were stronger, products on sale were British made, and everyone felt safer. However, few people seriously wanted to go back to a life without computers, the internet, or any modern technology, and, as a result, it now looks as though British people will have to accept being even more subject to the exigencies of the global economy than before.
Hoe farming is an antidote to the global economy, not necessarily because it offers the chance to completely opt out of it, but because it offers the chance to opt out completely in one particular field of activity. For example, if you can grow a potato crop without having to resort to the use of a rotovator or chemicals, but still produce a large surplus, it gives you a taste of freedom from the need to shop for food. Similarly, if you have one wood-burner in your home supplied with fuel that you cut yourself from coppiced trees, you gain freedom from the idea that even renewable energy involves buying products manufactured in Chinese factories, using products mined in the wilds of Mongolia.
Hoe farming in the twenty-first century is an antidote to globalisation because it puts power back into the hands of those individuals who want some control over their own lives.