James Howard Kunstler remarks today on the continuing reign of the word “consumer” within our market-totalitarian communications environment:
And, incidentally, what exactly is a “consumer?” And why, at the highest levels of journalism in this land, do we refer to citizens that way? As if the American people have no other purpose except to buy things? Or is that the only way an “economist” can imagine them?
Someday, if we survive the coming capitalist ecocide, people will look back and be amazed at how blind and thoroughly dominated we have been — right up to its end, apparently — in this investors-first epoch.
Meanwhile, it might help raise our odds of passing along this possibility for amazement if at least we, the supposed progressives and radicals, would stop parroting our overlords’ rank biases.