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(When) Will Americans Learn to Be Citizens Before They're Consumers? Eudaimonia & Co

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'Every society has norms and attitudes. And one of the attitudes that makes America really genuinely different from almost anywhere else in the world is that the average American doesn’t seem to care very much about who he or she does business with. That company’s pillaging the planet? That one’s killing the dolphins? That one’s using child labour? That one’s corroding our democracy? Never mind! That’s not my problem. I just want my stuff. I need my stuff. Give me my stuff! Now!! I don’t care who else pays the hidden price!!That matters. Because capitalism’s hardly going to be able to survive if people go on acting like brain-dead zombies of pleasure — that just proves all it’s fiercest critics right. So how did Americans get here? Americans don’t care enough about who they do business with — at least historically — for many reasons...'

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Summing it u p "Americans have long been told to put the economy before society. Consume, consume, consume. But now their challenge is to put society before the economy. Invest, invest, invest. In the big sense: society, meaning democracy, civilization, modernity, decency, humanity. That's because a functioning society is the point of an economy the point of society isn't the economy. If we put "the economy" first which is just an abstraction there's no solid basis for the foundations of prosperity in the first place, whether hospitals, schools, or well-behaved businesses"there's just aggressive individualism, which grows more extreme, until we're all carrying AK-47s to Walmart."

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