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Benjamin Barber with a good piece in The Nation

A Revolution in Spirit

The good news is, people are already spending less, earning before buying (using those old-fashioned layaway plans) and feeling relieved at the shopping quasi-moratorium. Suddenly debit cards are the preferred plastic. Parental “gatekeepers” are rebelling against marketers who treat their 4-year-olds as consumers-to-be. Adults are questioning brand identities and the infantilization of their tastes. They are out in front of the politicians, who still seem addicted to credit as a cure-all for the economic crisis.

Consumed by Benjamin Barber was one of the best books I read back in 2007 I was glad to see him writing for The Nation.

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