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Consumed - How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults &... by Benjamin R. Barber
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Barber describes global capitalism as the driver of social inequality that has produced two distinct kinds of consumers: the poor who cannot fulfill their basic needs and the rich who have a great deal of disposable income but very few needs. Today’s consumer economy, is driven by and ethos, focuses on creating needs, by promoting what he calls an “ethos of infantilization,” or a “mind-set of ‘induced childishness,’ in which adults pursue adolescent lifestyles, as evidenced by their tastes and spending habits.” This self-defeating capitalism Barber argues is a threat to democracy.
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