The Big Think

December 13, 2011


Filed under: Politics,Quoth — jasony @ 10:51 am

“Much of what we think of as “normal” behavior in a consumer society strikes me as wasteful and vulgar. But it’s a disdain I tend to keep quiet about, for at least two reasons:

I find that, as little as I like excess and overconsumption, voicing that dislike gives power to people and political tendencies that I consider far more dangerous than overconsumption. I’d rather be surrounded by fat people who buy too much stuff than concede any ground at all to busybodies and would-be social engineers…

…I do not – ever – want to be one of those people. And just by being a white, college-educated American from an upper-middle-class SES, I’m in a place where honking about overconsumption sounds even to myself altogether too much like crapping on the aspirations of poorer and browner people who have bupkis and quite reasonably want more than they have.”

from Why I Love Wal-Mart in Spit of Never Shopping There.

We generally avoid Wal-Mart, opting instead for the nearer and neater Target, but I like this guy’s point.

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