Monday, December 20, 2010

Where we went wrong...

In 1955, economist Victor Lebow stated:


"Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction and our ego satisfaction in consumption. We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced and discarded at an ever-increasing rate".
from Wikipedia article on Consumerism

8 comments:

  1. A consumer based society is essential to maintain any type of economy. It is just our modern economy demands growth. What would happen if growth remained flat? Would society now be content?

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  2. WBF you've got it the wrong way round. It's not a case of "would we be content if we weren't obbsessed with consuming the whole planet?" If destroying everything is not making us content then why do it? If we're not content either way, then surely the less destructive path is better???

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  3. We will be forced into a less destructive path once nature decides she has had enough. Unfortunately by that time it will be too late.

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  4. Merry CHristmas Bipolar guy

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  5. It's very easy to fall prey to the Religion of Consumption if there is nothing else to fill that hole in the soul.

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  6. An economy is just folks, stuff and moving stuff around to the folks that need and want it. You dont need to convince people that they want more stuff that they dont need just so you can control them via the burden of debt. All that economics growth stuff is a crock of shit as is the whole subject of economics which has spent years failing to be any use to anyone at all as it misses out the most important bit, people. Most people in the west could be happier with less stuff, less fat, less waste and more of stuff you cant buy like time and nature.

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