Consider, “The fear of muddled class systems and the pursuit of the American Dream depicted in The Great Gatsby lead to an age of consumerism and excess, which triggered The Great Depression.” This sentence more clearly defines your stance.
By now the consumeris so well-conditioned to satisfying needs through things that any suggestionto cut back is met with "intense anxiety, depression, rage, and even panic."In part this is because the average American is exposed to hundreds ofadvertisements each day, and the process begins at an early age.
His essay covers many topics, such as the growth of cities, the growth of mass movements, the rise of consumerism, and the decline of religion, as well as the growth of the psychoanalytic movement itself, which provide relevant background material for the study of twentieth century western literature.
"Mitsubishi's bonds are not discounted forcultural annihilation." In short, there is over-consumption, not becausefree market economic theory is misguided, but because the pervasiveness ofnegative externalities means that price does not give consumers or corporationsthe feedback necessary either to optimally allocate resources or to considerthe moral consequences of particular production or consumption decisions.
The expansion of consumer goods spawned by suburban life was good for theeconomy, and the widespread enjoyment of these commodities came to represent"the world's highest standard of living" and "the American Way of Life."Not only is the auto industry heavily subsidized by public expenditures onroads, but the social costs of the automobile are not included in eitherthe sticker price or the price of gas.
Consumerism encourages unethical and environmentally destructive, “free trade,” by its psychological effect on people, the evolving manipulation of consumer values, such as Green Consumerism, and the effect of specific established laws to protect these corporations set after The Great Depression....
In a broad sense, we use or consume many kinds of thingsin our lives (air, water, electricity, wool, land, cotton, fertilizer, paper,chocolate, plastics, CFCs, graphite, fuel oil, food), and corporations "consume"many things in the production of goods and services for "consumers." Moreover,not all consumption degrades the environment.
Even if they fail to sell a particular product, they sell consumerism itself by ceaselessly reiterating the idea that there is a product to solve each of life's problems, indeed that existence would be satisfying and complete if only we bought the right things."Advertisers thus cultivate needs by hitching their wares to the infiniteyearnings of the human soul.