Why do we buy so much stuff anyway?

We were doing our duty after the end of WW2.  As captured in these words:

“After World War II, amidst the depression, retailing analyst Victor Lebow suggested that “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, our ego satisfaction, in consumption…. we need things consumed, burned up, replaced, and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate.” In the 1950s President Eisenhower’s council of economic advisors also stated “The American economy’s ultimate purpose is to produce more consumer goods”.  And after 9/11 President Bush told us “To go out and shop”. ”

This is from this article


One thought on “Why do we buy so much stuff anyway?

  1. Donald says:

    As you say, we buy stuff because America wants us to. American stuff, that is.

    US foreign (and war) policy for the last 100 years has been about securing overseas markets for American products.

    From coups is South and Central America to the Marshall Plan after WW2 and the Iraq War today, US state power, dollars and troops have been deployed to provide profits for private businesses.

    Nations mistakenly copy America’s shopping and consumption model without realising they need an army, navy and air force to back it up.

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