The consumerists have no future

One of a million bands emboldened by the laissez-faire possibilities of the internet and studio time, made possible by cheap home studio equipment, no-hopers ‘the consumerists’ are something of a contradiction.

With a name like “the consumerists” and lyrics such as “never fight, your world is wonderful, as long as you always give in,” from the ironic “Give In,” “middle-finger, closed doors” from “Waste Away”, or “endless lies, bitter truths, you are the product” from “The Product,” the band is trying to reach and inform a generation brought up on X-Factor, Facebook and shopping-mall consumerism. Read more of this post

Getting rid of the idea of humankind’s innate selfishness

There is presently a fundamental belief throughout much of the world, especially in the West, in the selfishness of humankind, a belief based on, amongst other things, the theories of leading Western thinkers such as Herbert Spencer, Sigmund Freud, Adam Smith, and Thomas Hobbes. This conviction either tends to make capitalism the sole applicable system for humankind or allegedly necessitates a strong central government, a state capitalism, to counter humankind’s innate selfishness. Read more of this post

Consumerism – enough is enough

There are true needs and false needs – but only false needs need to be manufactured and nurtured. Indeed, today’s consumerist society has more or less turned Maslow’s hierarchy on its head. According to Maslow, people should be satisfied when they reach the top of his pyramid-shaped hierarchy of needs, but in modern consumerist culture and society there can be no satisfaction of needs. Consumerist society never satisfies, indeed it is meant not to do so, as any form of satisfaction is an enemy of the consumerist, capitalist society – a society that requires the persistent buying of things we don’t need for its continued existence – what is usually referred to as “growth”.

Our entire way of life seems to be built on the manufacturing of self-doubt and dissatisfaction, our economy built on exploiting such human weakness.  Needless desires drive our economy, and our economy drives our needless desires, and consumerism thereby becomes a tool for control.  Read more of this post