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The United States is the envy of most other nations It boasts the strongest economy a freedom in choices and opportunity for economic growth Capitalism is a beautiful thing because ones ability to help others can be economically beneficial to oneself However when capitalistic ambitions reach the point that commercialism has seeped into every part of the American life we neglect what people truly need and are blinded by the potential profits to be madeBenjamin Barbers essay Overselling Capitalism with Consumerism argues that consumerism needs to take a different direction and those big corporations should learn to defer profits and empower the needy He highlights how we have turned a blind eye to the negative effects of consumerism in this quoteWhen we see politics permeate every sector of life we call it totalitarianism When religion rules all we call it theocracy But when commerce dominates everything we call it liberty Can we redirect capitalism to its proper end the satisfaction of real human needsIt is interesting to me that Barber connects political rule to totalitarianism religious rule to theocracy and in the same pattern relate commercial rule to liberty Totalitarianism and theocracy have such negative connotations but liberty is a wonderful positive thing While most Americans are led to believe that politics and religion overstepping its bounds is oppressive it is interesting that they can also be manipulated into believing that an over commercialized nation is a positive thing that can be defended with the concept of freedom Commercialism is in many ways a representation of liberty It is the freedom and the ability to purchase and sell products or services that you deem necessary and a spirit of free enterprise geared toward generating profit Similar to politics and religion it helps society by giving guidance a sense of being and pleasure However the problems enter when as Barber puts it permeates every sector of life It is no secret that Americans love buying things
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