Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic
Based on two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by 10 million viewers, "Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: the damage done to our health, our families, our communities, and our environment by the obsessive quest for material gain. In cleverly titled chapters like "Swollen Expectations" and "A Rash of Bankruptcie...more
When you read those last words on page 247 of this convicting book, yo...more
I love the ideas in this book and I liked how i...more
Two days after completing this book, I was driving downtown with my goddaughter (4 years old), when she pointed at a huge billboard with a Dr. Pepper can on it, exclaiming, "...more
My only other concern abo...more
My issues with it, however, were two-fold:
First, this book was based off a documentary. Obviously a book requires a lot more material than a documentary. In addition to it reading more like a documentary (which I don't think is a good thing), there were many points where I could kind of feel or sense the padding. Not a big deal, and it didn't make or break the read for me. I still learned a lot and consider a very...more
My favorite concepts from reading this book, which I'm telling everyone who will li...more
The book starts off with s...more
I loved the first two-thirds of this book. It really makes you think about the products we buy and why we buy them. Personally I think I've spent less money since reading this book because I'm better able to discern whether I'm buying a necessary pr...more
"We hear the same refrain all the time from people: I have no life. I get up in the morning, day care, elder care, a 40 minute commute to work. I have to work late. I get home at night, there's laundry, bills to pay, jam something into the microwave. I'm exhausted, I go to sleep, I wake up and this routine begins all over again. This is what life has become in America."
This is something that resonates deeply with myself an...more
Example: If you go back to Samuel Johnsons's dictionary of the English language, to consume meant to exhaust, to pillage, to lay waste, to destroy. In fact, even in our granparents' generation, when somebody had tuberculosis, they called it 'consumption.' So up until this century to be a consumer was not to be a good thing, it was considered a bad thing.
Correct me if I am wrong but I think consumption in the tuberculosis sense mea...more
Fascinating, important information, right? Unfortunately, Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic doesn't go much beyond the informative. It's not wholly without analysis, but I wanted so much more. (And yes, that's meant to be ironic.)...more
This book is definitely a left-leaning polemic. Some of the political solutions the authors propose include federal maximum annual working hours and federal maximum weekly working hours, single-payer health care, and carbon taxes. The phrase "wealth redistribution" does...more
In the past year, I have frequently lamented the dearth of good public transportation in this community. Little Rock was just rated a...more
They're a bit extreme about the causes and effects of the affluenza epidemic. It's the anti-panacea: it causes practically every ill.
I agree with a lot of the general principles around the b...more