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Forum Post: Consumerism Central

Posted 4 years ago on Sept. 20, 2013, 7:51 p.m. EST by TropicalDepression (-45)
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[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (22851) 4 years ago

Think about this: Wages have decreased over the past 40 years while the price of just about everything has gone up. Homes and college costs in particular have risen greatly. Then think about this: 40 years ago we had no computers to buy and no cell phones to buy. Wages have decreased while the cost of everything has gone up and while the information age has pretty much required us to purchase extremely expensive devices to stay current. Wages have come no where near absorbing these costs.

And, of course, I agree that nobody needs the new IPhone and that it is consumerism to the maximum, but in reality we can't even afford our flip phones.

[-] -1 points by Narley (272) 4 years ago

Very true. Forty years ago I had a stay-at-home wife and two infant daughters, and we made it OK on just my income. Not rich by any means, but paid the bills and put food on the table. The world in a much different place these days. I don’t like it as much. I want the 60’s and 70’s back.

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (22851) 4 years ago

What people have to do is make conscious choices to shun the economic system the way it is currently set up. Say no to all this s--t. It's hard to undo the brainwashing of nationalism, consumerism, advertising, etc., but education helps.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33472) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

If only we could get those who are still well off just to stop with the luxuries and buy only the essentials - that would make an impact.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22851) 4 years ago

Well, really, if only we could get the well off to stop ripping off the workers, then we might get some place.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33472) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

Well that is another story - and it is those who are "more than" just well off. It is their employers.

[-] -1 points by geovind (-56) 4 years ago

Foregoing luxuries helps how? Presumably someone's job depends on selling luxuries. I thought it was good for the economy for the rich to spend, spend, spend?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33472) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

Really? Really? Ur gonna go there. Look many people might lose their minimum wage job and have to get full support from the government - but they are not doing any better with there woefully short minimum wage income anyway. So who gets hurt the most with boycotting luxuries? Those assholes who are only paying minimum wage and likely not paying taxes to do it.

[-] -3 points by Narley (272) 4 years ago

People are idiots. It's a good thing there wasn't a Miley Cyrus concert. People would've had a hard time deciding on a new phone or the concert. Jeez, and we expect people care about society. We are doomed.