Tag Archives: Consumerism

Burning the High Street

For many generations, since the end of the Second World War, the industrialised Western democracies have promoted a type of consumer-led capitalism that consistently advertises the importance of acquisition. Continue reading

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From Greed to Co-operation

Consumerism, perhaps the most obvious of global ideals that has permeated our culture over the past century, relies on the idea of limitless resources regardless of what scientists, engineers and accountants might tell us; in that sense consumerism is as much mystical religion as it is big business. And though Climate Change and Peak Oil have captured the public imagination and are becoming considered aspects of global strategies within some multi-national corporations, most industries and governments continue as if such inconvenient truths were quite imaginary; growth, competitiveness and optimisation are still the mantras of managers everywhere. It is my hope that mechanisms like the Sirisuk Declaration will help to bring about a fundamental change of emphasis. Continue reading

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