When I consider about the American way of thinking about things - maybe even everything- it appears to me to boil down to three interlocking elements. Individualism. Competition. And materialism (not
The main difference between the Old Left and the Alt-Left is that the latter focuses more on the cultural, behavioral and psychological sides of economic life. In a world where material resources a...
Searching for economic and cultural reasons why middle-aged white Americans are dying sooner.
2016/10/21: Retirees will have 2.5 trillion hours of leisure time to fill over the next 20 years, according to a report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. They will spend $4.6 trillion over that span—and a great deal of it will be on things like adventure and educational travel, and group activities that bring family and friends closer. This isn’t just about the well-to-do. Retirees with relatively few assets are nearly as likely as those that are wealthy to agree that in retirement they have greater freedom and flexibility to do whatever they want—and 95% in the Merrill Lynch survey said they value experiences over things.
Despite improved living standards, the poor have fallen further behind the middle class and the affluent in both consumption and income, and crucial services remain unattainable.
What the stereotypical Victorians did to women is what stereotypical helicopter parents (or alarmist neighbors) do to children.
It's repetitive for some to hear, but important for everybody to know: You can't explain Millennial economic behavior without explaining that real wages for young Americans have collapsed.
A THOUSAND years ago, Baghdad presented an extraordinary scene: a city of a million people, the centre of a Muslim realm which stretched from Spain to Central Asia, and an intellectual market-place where people of different philosophical and religious schools met and debated, with unpredictable results.
The Lannisters' gold has run out. The bankers are impatient. The sex-and-power feudal system of Westeros is in its dying throes. Surely revolution is inevitable?
George Monbiot: Materialism is associated with depression, anxiety and broken relationships. It is socially destructive and self-destructive