Trying to Buy Our Way Out of Trouble

Old Blog Import

Why consumption isn’t the answer to all our ills!

But even with rising tides of prosperity, the postwar consumer culture fed inequalities that are still very much with us. As we embrace brisk sales as an answer to our current economic ills, it bears noting that consumerism has played a role in reinforcing social biases and prejudices. Consider, for example, shopping malls, whose daily sales receipts are an indicator of our hoped-for recovery”

NY Times — Op-ed page