By want and the envy and hatred which it engenders we shall move the mobs and with their hands we shall wipe out all those who hinder us on our way.
The goyim have lost the habit of thinking unless prompted by the suggestions of our specialists.
To complete the ruin of the industry of the goyim we shall bring to the assistance of speculation the luxury which we have developed among the goyim, that greedy demand for luxury which is swallowing up everything.
The goyim are a flock of sheep, and we are their wolves. And you know what happens when the wolves get hold of the flock? ....
We have become completely and totally addicted to entertainment, and we have become conditioned to be constantly "plugged in" to something. Our lives have become all about constantly feeding our greed and selfishness. Why? This is our societies' response to the enormous apparatus of nothingness. It's escapism at its finest. Religion, drugs, television, stuff...it's all the same. Convenient panaceas used to obfuscate the fact that we're all bleeding pieces of meat careening towards our inevitable demise. What kind of people feel better about themselves because their shirt has a horse, or an alligator, or an eagle logo on it? Black Friday is a national fucking disgrace. Shopping isn't a tradition, or at least it shouldn't be. Americans are crucified by their consumerism, entangled in a neverending gluttonous orgy fueled by neoliberal American capitalism. A massive and painful restructuring is needed, but until then they'll bow their heads in complacent acquiescence and whisper "fill me with your poison."
The coup d'état of consumerism...
Poor people buying poor things for poor reasons
and never knowing why .
“Armaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence - those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were abolished, you'd collapse. And while you people are overconsuming the rest of the world sinks more and more deeply into chronic disaster.”
― Aldous Huxley, Island
“If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.”
― Vicki Robin
“I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest, to make money they don't want, to buy things they don't need, to impress people they don't like.”
― Emile Gauvreau
“We seldom consider how much of our lives we must render in return for some object we barely want, seldom need, buy only because it was put before us...And this is understandable given the workings of our system where without a job we perish, where if we don't want a job and are happy to get by we are labeled irresponsible, non-contributing leeches on society. But if we hire a fleet of bulldozers, tear up half the countryside and build some monstrous factory, casino or mall, we are called entrepreneurs, job-creators, stalwarts of the community. Maybe we should all be shut away on some planet for the insane. Then again, maybe that is where we are.”
― Ferenc Máté, A Reasonable Life: Toward a Simpler, Secure, More Humane Existence
“We typically misunderstand what's wrong about consumerism. It's not that it makes us love material things too much. To be a good consumer, you have to desire to get lots of things, but you must not love any of them too much once you have them. Consumerism needs children who do not stay attached to their toys for very long and learn to expect the next round of presents as soon as possible. When consumerism succeeds, our attachments are shallow, easily broken, so we can move on to the next thing we're supposed to get. Being a good consumer means desiring new things, not cherishing old ones. And the new things you're supposed to desire are not always material things. Spirituality is now a consumerist enterprise, too.”
― Phillip Cary
“If nonsatiety were the natural state of human nature then aggressive want-stimulating advertising would not be necessary, nor would the barrage of novelty aimed at promoting dissatisfaction with last year's model. The system attempts to remake people to fit its own presuppositions. If people's wants are not naturally insatiable we must make them so, in order to keep the system going.”
― Herman E. Daly
“...you can't rage against the machine through rebellious consumption.”
― David McRaney
“After the collapse of socialism, capitalism remained without a rival. This unusual situation unleashed its greedy and - above all - its suicidal power. The belief is now that everything - and everyone - is fair game.”
― Günter Grass