Thursday, September 13, 2012

Amitai Etzioni:  "You don't need to buy this"  The "curse" of consumerism.


He's right about one thing:   I don't buy it.  Tell it to poor people anywhere...hey, guy, you don't need that car, that bicycle, that refrigerator.

Typical rich guy view of "consumerism."  What a santimonious goofball.

4 comments:

codeandculture said...

I remember when Etzioni was pushing his whole "communitarian" shtick as a kind of third way ideology. Took me awhile to realize it was consistent left-side of center-left orthodoxy completely lacking any of the social conservative streaks that seemed to be implied by the first principles. This is one of the reasons I think Haidt nailed it on moral argument mostly being ex post justification for intuition.

Anonymous said...

Oh, he must be smarter and wiser than me (and you, too, Mungo). He was talking at a TED conference!

Anonymous said...

He told this to people paying at least $7,500 to hear him.

BR said...

Did he forget low cost pastime #4 (digitally manipulating your own nipples), or did he think it was too obvious mention?