We will see therefore, that political causes of poverty are very much related to political issues and roots of consumerism.
They may not promote an item directly like an advertisement but many will help to create desires and needs in the reader — some relating to specific products like cars or clothes and others relating to particular ways of life that require further money and consumption. Too often I am told that consumers are a problem and that they need to change their behaviour and the way they consumer.
How do demands on items affect the requirements placed upon the environment? Instead of these always being seen as a cost, they are seen as providing more jobs and creating wealth, and as a result it counts towards GDP and other indicators of economic health! The consumerist culture now involves people spending more on consumer items like cars, gadgets and clothes, instead of savings or investments.
Consumerism, according to its textbook definition, is the human desire to own and obtain products and goods in excess of one's basic needs. Much of the world cannot and do not consume at the levels that the wealthier in the world do.
Just from these questions, we can likely think of numerous others as well. Other examples include industrial waste especially when just dumped into the rivers and oceanswaste from the tourist industry including cruise liners, air travel, etc.
To me it would confirm what I often said… the best thing that could happen would be for the Bank to disappear. And this is just what the logic of consumerism wants, as it makes us more active consumers on a continuous basis.
Many people therefore end up believing that this is the only way to live, in the absence of any alternatives. This is a debate in itself, but I would take the view that we need to play a more active role in our society than simply shopping every day and voting every five years itself increasingly a Consumer actthen leaving government and business to do the rest for us.