Increasing charities are a sign of fundamental, structural flaws. Simplistic Ideology; Rhetoric versus Reality Free trade and free markets are essentially about making trade easier by allowing the market to balance needs, supply and demand. Within a nation, it can be a positive engine for development. With the Cold War over, politicians, economists and others have been promoting unfettered free trade and free market ideology, pushing it to an even wider international arena to facilitate international trade.
Consumerism is economically manifested in the chronic purchasing of new goods and services, with little attention to their true need, durability, product origin or the environmental consequences of manufacture and disposal.
Consumerism is driven by huge sums spent on advertising designed to create both a desire to follow trends, and the resultant personal self-reward system based on acquisition.
Materialism is one of the end results of consumerism. Consumerism interferes with the workings of society by replacing the normal common-sense desire for an adequate supply of life's necessities, community life, a stable family and healthy relationships with an artificial ongoing and insatiable quest for things and the money to buy them with little regard for the true utility of what is bought.
An intended consequence of this, promoted by those who profit from consumerism, is to accelerate the discarding of the old, either because of lack of durability or a change in fashion. Landfills swell with cheap discarded products that fail early and cannot be repaired. Products are made psychologically obsolete long before they actually wear out.
A generation is growing up without knowing what quality goods are.
Friendship, family ties and personal autonomy are only promoted as a vehicle for gift giving and the rationale for the selection of communication services and personal acquisition.
Everything becomes mediated through the spending of money on goods and services. Human beings who cannot spend become worthless.
It is an often stated catechism that the economy would improve if people just bought more things, bought more cars and spent more money. Financial resources better spent on Social Capital such as education, nutrition, housing etc.
In addition, the purchaser is robbed by the high price of new things, the cost of the credit to buy them, and the less obvious expenses such as, in the case of automobiles, increased registration, insurance, repair and maintenance costs.
Many consumers run out of room in their homes to store the things that they buy. A rapidly growing industry in America is that of self-storage. Thousands of acres of land good farm land are paved over every year to build these cities of orphaned and unwanted things so as to give people more room to house the new things that they are persuaded to buy.
If these stored products were so essential in the first place, why do they need to be warehoused? An overabundance of things lessens the value of what people possess.
People move frequently as though neighborhoods and cities were products to be tried out like brands of deodorant. Consumerism sets each person against themself in an endless quest for the attainment of material things or the imaginary world conjured up and made possible by things yet to be purchased.
Weight training, diet centers, breast reduction, breast enhancement, cosmetic surgery, permanent eye make-up, liposuction, collagen injections, these are are some examples of people turning themselves into human consumer goods more suited for the "marketplace" than living in a healthy balanced society.
Read The National Clearing House of plastic surgery statistics. This same way of thinking allows parents to justify entering their little girls in beauty contests as though they were prize livestock.
Here's the affect that unobtainable good looks have on the happiness of the "average" person: Why beautiful people create an ugly mood by Robert Uhlig BEAUTY makes the world an unhappier place, say two mathematicians who have calculated the ideal way to match lonely hearts to their soulmates.
Conventionally good looking people such as Kate Moss, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lopez, may be pleasing to the eye, but their very presence in our midst makes the world a less contented place, the research suggests. At fault is the so-called Vogue factor, a measure of how much influence beauty has in society.
The higher the Vogue factor, the mathematicians said, the more dissatisfied and miserable we are with our sexual partners Working with Andrea Capocci of Fribourg University in Switzerland, Dr Caldarelli updated the stable marriage problem, a mathematical puzzle first examined in by two University of California researchers.
David Gale and Lloyd Shapley's study found that provided the criteria for choosing partners - wit, beauty, intelligence, wealth or whatever - had no intrinsic value in society, then everybody should end up with a partner with whom they were reasonably happy. New Scientist reports today.
With beauty on the scene, you're now much less likely to be matched with your number one choice, unless you happen to be one of the beautiful people yourself.Issue 79 of INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM, quarterly journal of the Socialist Workers Party (Britain) Published July Copyright © International Socialism.
The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.
In the definition of the American Dream . The Degenerative Influence of Advertising on Society - Advertising is designed to foster a desire to purchase goods and services, yet it is much deeper than that—advertising is a system of effective manipulation that twists the mentalities of those subjected to it.
CONSUMERISM. CONSUMERISM describes the shift in American culture from a producer-oriented society in the nineteenth century to a "consumerist" society in the twentieth century.
Changes in domestic demographics and advances in industrialization, manufacturing, transportation, and communication all contributed to the change. For most people in this country, financial problems are caused by not thinking enough about money.
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