Monday, April 14, 2008

Caveat emptor...

Capitalism and democracy were once complimentary, a long, long time ago, when markets were about producing goods that met human needs. Today, "needs" must be created: Producers and marketers of goods and services have to convince those with money to buy them. In a never-ending effort to make consumption the centerpiece of every American's existence, marketers have succeeded in infantilizing adults. We're increasingly governed by impulse.

(from a Washington Post review of Benjamin Barber's Consumed)


Blogger pigatschmo said...

As Thom Hartmann points out repeatedly, capitalism is not a system of government but an economic system, and there is no connection between democracy and capitalism, which are not particularly compatible.

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