— Juliet Schor “The New Politics of Consumption”
"Consumerism isn’t just a behavior, it is an outlook, an ideology, and a religion. It isn’t just that people happen to shop more than they used to. Rather they shop more than they used to precisely because they are in the grip of the ideology of consumerism that is transmitted to them through the chief cultural institutions (e.g., television, media, magazines). Sadly, the most respected sociologists have concluded that to be consumers, people have to work harder and longer and are subsequently less happy and less healthy."