Category Archives: Consumerism

Pop Culture Has Become an Oligopoly

By Adam Mastroianni Source: Experimental History You may have noticed that every popular movie these days is a remake, reboot, sequel, spinoff, or cinematic universe expansion. In 2021, only one of the ten top-grossing films––the Ryan Reynolds vehicle Free Guy––was an … Continue reading

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How Empires Die

By Charles Hugh Smith Source: Of Two Minds From a systems perspective, nation-states and empires arise when they are superior solutions to security compared to whatever arrangement they replace: feudalism, warlords, tribal confederations, etc. States and empires fail when they are … Continue reading

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Can a Nation Prosper as its Institutions Fail?

By Charles Hugh Smith Source: Of Two Minds Economists focus on what can be easily measured: sales, profits, prices, tax revenues, etc. Since the decay and failure of institutions isn’t easily quantified, this decay doesn’t register in the realm of economics. Since it … Continue reading

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The U.S. Economy In a Nutshell: When Critical Parts Are On “Indefinite Back Order,” the Machine Grinds to a Halt

By Charles Hugh Smith Source: Of Two Minds Setting aside the “transitory inflation” parlor game for a moment, let’s look at what happens when critical parts are unavailable for whatever reason, for example, they’re on back order or indefinite back order, i.e. the … Continue reading

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Amazon, “Economic Terrorism” and the Destruction of Competition and Livelihoods

By Colin Todhunter Source: Off-Guardian Global corporations are colonising India’s retail space through e-commerce and destroying small-scale physical retail and millions of livelihoods. Walmart entered into India in 2016 with a US$3.3 billion take-over of the online retail start-up Jet.com. This … Continue reading

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COMMUNITY VERSUS COMMODITY: THE HIDDEN BATTLE THAT AFFECTS US ALL

By Gary Z McGee Source: Waking Times “We abuse the land because we see it as a commodity belonging to is. When we see the land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with … Continue reading

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The Accelerating Destruction Of Earth’s Biodiversity: When Will We Act?

By Robert J. Burrowes As those individuals aware of it will have observed, presumably with deep regret, the latest ‘International Day for Biological Diversity’passed on 22 May with the bulk of the human population continuing to act in ways that destroy … Continue reading

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THE HARMONY OF NONCONFORMITY

By Jason Gregory Source: Waking Times In a linear world, the external order dictates an artificial way of life to the individual, creating a conformist society and forcing us to relinquish our power to a machine that is unnatural and … Continue reading

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