by Ken Sehested
“Stingy spenders hold back growth.” So reads the title of a recent USA Today business section story reporting that “penny-pinching consumers tainted” otherwise robust economic indicators.
Is it a trivial matter to complain about such screamer headlines?
Think about it for a minute. This is how propaganda works—as the world of corrosive commerce, with its monetizing of all relationships, slowly eats away at many of our cherished traditional cultural values (including religious values). Commitments to financial modesty and consumptive simplicity, conscious resistance to gluttony of every sort, are being cast as obstacles to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Read more ›