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The Religion Of Consumerism

The notion of consumerism as the religion of the United States is nothing new. That said, Warren Pollock did an excellent job explaining just how corrosive this mindset can be to a society. We were particularly taken by the idea that since the vast majority of people define themselves almost entirely by their level of consumption, or by some desired level of future consumption, their consciousness becomes easily controlled and their worldview easily managed and molded.


They simply cannot see life in any other context and so they become trapped within a very sick and twisted form of human existence.



And then there’s George…


“…But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They DON’T want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that, that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting FUCKED by system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin’ years ago. They don’t want that. You know what they want? They want OBEDIENT WORKERS. OBEDIENT WORKERS. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passably accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it…”

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5 Comments on "The Religion Of Consumerism"

  1. paulo1 on Wed, 28th May 2014 7:47 am 

    And this article is about our declining energy supplies, how? Not that I disagree, but maybe it is time to start scaling back the filler? No wonder Ron’s blog has captured almost all focused discussions on energy.


  2. J-Gav on Wed, 28th May 2014 8:11 am 

    A good discussion of how societies are warped by consumerism and ‘inverted totalitarianism’ (Sheldon Wolin’s term).

    I think there is also a tie-in with energy depletion, albeit indirect. I.E. the power of the fantasies created by the consumer religion blind people to the reality of their physical environment.

  3. Davey on Wed, 28th May 2014 8:19 am 

    I am buying many things now in preparation and anticipation of the end of BAU. These are items with long term value for use, trade, or investment. I am taking advantage of the age of consumerism while it lasts!

    Great term Gav, going to snack on it throughout the day.

  4. Outcast_Searcher on Wed, 28th May 2014 2:44 pm 

    So this genius doesn’t know the word he wants is “passively” (not passably), but we’re supposed to accept him as being a visionary.

    OK. (NOT)

    Meanwhile he repeats the oft-heard manta that things are changing, such as defined benefits pensions going away.

    Well, duh! This is a trend frequently commented on (in a much more scholarly way than this blogger does) for decades now.

    Tell us something everyone with a brain doesn’t know. THEN ask that we donate bitcoins.

  5. J-Gav on Wed, 28th May 2014 3:32 pm 

    Outcast – You should have watched the vid. Warren Pollack doesn’t mention Carlin …

    Carlin, by the the way, didn’t say “passably”, but indeed “passively” … but I guess you didn’t bother to actually watch that video either …

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