Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens

  • February 27, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Toronto Reference Library

BENJAMIN R BARBER  A piercing and vital look at how capitalism is consuming U.S. society. An apt sequel to Benjamin R. Barber's best-selling Jihad vs. McWorld, Consumed offers a wrenching portrait of how adult consumers are infantilized in a global economy that overproduces goods and targets children as consumers in a market where there are never enough shoppers. Driven by a frantic imperative to sell, consumer capitalism specializes today in the manufacture not of goods but of needs. This provocative culmination of Barber's lifelong study of democracy and capitalism shows how the infantilist ethos deprives society of responsible citizens and displaces public goods with private commodities. Traditional liberal democratic society is colonized by an all-pervasive market imperative. Public space is privatized. Identity is branded. Our world, homogenized. With brilliance and depth, Barber confronts the likely consequences for our children, our liberty, and our citizenship, and shows finally how citizens can resist and transcend the civic schizophrenia with which consumerism has infected them.

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  • Karen

    I so want to come as I have read the book and found it well-argued and broad in scope. My sister is coming in from out of town tomorrow night for a visit so I am reluctant to leave her or bring her as she has not read the book. Enjoy what I know will be a wonderful discussion.

    February 26, 2014

  • James O.

    This book offers new perspective at our current situation. It is always appropriate to give it a read. Thanks from the author Better Than The Best

    February 21, 2014

  • Wayne S.

    This book would be great as a two for one deal with the book, "On Bull Shit".

    January 28, 2014

    • RK

      Wayne, if I didn't know you better, your comment would give me the impression you had nothing more intelligent to say on the subject. Jonathan Haidt's advice on persuasiveness comes to mind. (Jonathan Haidt is an author we've read here).

      January 28, 2014

  • anita

    This book reminds me of what is happening in this North American culture. I am looking forward to reading it.

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • rebecca

    This book sounds very interesting

    1 · January 7, 2014

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