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Concept.png Consumerism 
(dumbing down,  deception,  statecraft,  Social engineeringSourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Interest of• Michael Moore
• Thorstein Veblen
Consumerism creates the illusion of inclusion or belonging to the in-group of rich and successful people

Consumerism is the focus on consumption of material goods. Corporations, not people are seen as producers, people are the consumers who need material good for their satisfaction.


In Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich describes school as "the reproductive organ of consumer society".

Consumerism there to "create the illusion of inclusion in a world where every need is served", of belonging or soon to get close to a "first world" standard of living" which is portrayed in the media by soap operas of "rich and successful" people. [1] [2]

An animated short

“What if consumer products were fabricated to be actually disposable rather than just conceptually so?”
Alistair Dabbs (24 May 2019)  [3]

Consumerism encourages Instant gratification with the acquisition of more and more goods.


Related Quotations

George Carlin“The latest disaster for the rest of the universe is that the United States is going to go to Mars. Okay, aw yeah. We’re going to go to Mars. And then of course, we’re going to colonize deep space with our microwave hot dogs and plastic vomit fake dog shit and cinnamon dental floss and lemon-scented toilet paper and sneakers with lights in the heels and all these other impressive things we’ve done down here. Let me ask you this, let me ask you this. What are we going to tell the intergalactic council of ministers the first time one of our teenage mothers throws her newborn baby into a dumpster huh? How we going to explain that to the space people? How we going to let them know that our Ambassador was only late for the meeting because his breakfast was cold and he had to spend half an hour punching his wife around in the kitchen. What are they going to think when they find out – it’s just a local custom – that over 80 million women in the third world have had their clitorises forcibly removed in order to reduce their sexual pleasure so they won’t cheat on their husbands. Can’t you just sense how eager the rest of the universe is for us to show up? Can’t you see them out there?”George Carlin
Peace“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.”John Lennon
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