Explaining, Assessing, and Changing High Consumption
This essay discusses some recent work on the ethics of consumption, including writings by Juliet Schor and Jerome Segal. Several explanations are examined concerning what motivates increased consumption in affluent societies notwithstanding its growing costs, such as greater material dissatisfaction, overworked families, increased debts, and environmental degradation. It is concluded that recent critics of escalating consumption who argue for “simplicity” underestimate how difficult it is to make consumption sustainable and compatible with universal human flourishing as long as corporate capitalism prevails with its agenda of neoliberal economic globalization and the commodification of every aspect of human life.
Harry van der Linden. "Explaining, Assessing, and Changing High Consumption" Radical Philosophy Review 6 (2003): 179-189.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/harry_vanderlinden/21