Saturday, June 4, 2011

Let's Talk About Consumerism

Posted by Teresa at 10:27 AM


I've been thinking about this question a lot: Where are my
fellow conservatives on American consumerism? Why aren't
more conservatives vocal about the ills of consumerism?

If you were to look up online negative articles on consumerism,
I bet the majority would be written by liberal academics or
writers. Conservatives have no problem delivering the message
that government needs to be more frugal but what about as
a culture as a whole? It's not just government that is in debt.

Consumerism is part of the reason we are in this recession.
People were buying homes they couldn't afford, which led
to the housing crisis. No government regulation is going to
fix a culture that says, "You deserve the very best, new things
in life."

I think being anti-Consumerism is a very conservative idea.
We don't want financial resources being wasted on junk.
However, for some reason liberals have been able to make
conservatives seem pro-Consumerism. They continually say
remember it that way but the image has stuck. We can reverse
this image.

When liberals talk about economy they like to talk in moral
terms. Funny how they can't talk in moral terms when it
comes to abortion or other social issues but I digress. They
talk about the "injustice" of the rich being too rich or something.
We should talk in moral terms too. To put it bluntly: Consumerism
is immoral and we shouldn't be afraid to say so.

While I don't agree with everything in this video, you gotta
admit this very popular YouTube video makes some compelling
moral arguments:


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