Economics is a Shell Game
News media writers and editors would have us believe that the decline of the Canadian dollar happening now is akin to Armageddon and that our life as we know it will change and that “consumers” and the retail sector will suffer. The pro argument for the falling loonie touts increased manufacturing – more stuff for consumers to purchase. It is a comical conundrum.
Is this indeed a forecast of devastation and sorrow? Oh My! What will we do? Writer Neil McDonald of CBC thinks as Canadians we are “willing to rationalize being milked”
Our first thoughts go to the poor retail workers who will loose their jobs. Selling stuff. Working below minimum wage, considering their employers’ failure to provide benefits.
The Story of Stuff explains succinctly where this askew thinking began and how it has perpetuated through our families and communities since the 1950′s.
Money lusters feel sexual vibrations just contemplating the new product, the expanded market, the enticed consumer. Sometimes the lust is for the game, sometimes it becomes a panic to keep the game face going and morphing failing enterprises into the new version of consumer friendly money grabbing bunk holes.
The blinkers are opening. They are falling off. The shell game is being driven by arthritic hands. The banter sounds silly. It has become transparent.
The post consumer society sounds like a Chomsky dream, but in fact, it has been upon us for decades.
This is the Post Consumer World. It is a wonderful place to be. The shackles of the Jones’s were long since cast away. The pitiful purse praise has to be whispered in public, as the racists are cornered to share their outdated colonial views. The corporate suits are vamped up into panic mode, breaking laws and throttling public opinion to hit the invisible finish line of an economic era that was built on greed. An era that is drawing to a close, but is razing the planet as it drags its heels toward death.
Post Consumer Bliss is a new freedom. The bliss is visible in developing countries where people once craved Canada’s embarrassing consumer behavior but luckily realized an alternative. They have cast it off in modern times for sensible local economic development. Water.org is a good example of post consumer bliss.
Shopping is for sillies. There is a more sensible way to build economies and communities. Stay posted. Drink the future with a smile, because we are living in Post Consumer Bliss.