Tag : consumerism

Written on Aug, 23, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

… while a member of the aspirational class is eating kale salad in his made-in-Brooklyn t-shirt, let’s not lose sight of the fact that the current elite consumer ethos is only possible because of the economic growth and affluence that industry created and the luxurious postmodern values it allows us to possess. Elizabeth Currid-Halkett,

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Written on Jan, 10, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

It is simplistic, then, to view consumer culture as passive and de-skilling. A good deal of the rise in consumption involved buying for the sake of making and personalizing the home. DIY, handicrafts and gardening attracted a sizable chunk of consumer spending, with their own magazines, stores and fairs. Consumerism encouraged new skills as often as it killed old ones. …

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Written on Aug, 09, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

It is simplistic, then, to view consumer culture as passive and de-skilling. A good deal of the rise in consumption involved buying for the sake of making and personalizing the home. DIY, handicrafts and gardening attracted a sizable chunk of consumer spending, with their own magazines, stores and fairs. Consumerism encouraged new skills as often as it killed old ones. …

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Written on Jun, 08, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

It is simplistic, then, to view consumer culture as passive and de-skilling. A good deal of the rise in consumption involved buying for the sake of making and personalizing the home. DIY, handicrafts and gardening attracted a sizable chunk of consumer spending, with their own magazines, stores and fairs. Consumerism encouraged new skills as often as it killed old ones. …

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Written on May, 04, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Consumption is about communion; consumerism fails to honor that communion or, worse, rejects the fellowship that is at the basis of human economic life. Or as Stephen Grabill in Episode 3 of “For the Life of the World“: This is the oikonomia of economics…All our work, every product, is a result of a great and mysterious collaboration. Every product that you …

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Written on Apr, 19, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

If humanity collectively decided to stop buying pointless junk, the economy wouldn’t grind to a halt. Far from it. Read more: A capitalist critique of consumerism

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Written on Apr, 07, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

But as is often the case, saying we have too much stuff not only begs a number of questions, it fails to deal with consumerism as in fact a moral problem. Instead, the critique that we have too much stuff uncritically assumes a crude, materialistic understanding of human economic activity. As a result, the proposed solutions (typically, less stuff, more regulations), undermines human moral agency not just in the arena of economic activity but in other areas of human life.

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