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A culture of wanton consumption

September 29, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Chilling words from Daniel Koffler about the conspicuous consumption of America on culture11.com

Koffler describes the real crisis facing the U.S.  as one being “a near total erosion of our concepts of personal responsibility, accountability, and self-sufficiency.” He concludes his article with the following:

There remains the core problem: we are embedded in a culture of wanton consumption for no other purpose than itself. The time we enjoy most consumer goods we purchase is breathtakingly short – and having degenerated into a nation of consumerist appetitive beasts, the American people are incomparably better equipped to blunder our way into a crisis that threatens our economic or political system than we are to solve one.

We are a national emergency waiting to happen unto ourselves.

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