Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John De Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor, Redefining

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According to hugely acclaimed PBS documentaries watched via 10 million audience, "Affluenza makes use of the whimsical metaphor of a illness to take on a truly critical topic: the wear performed -- to our health and wellbeing, our households, our groups, and the environment -- by way of the obsessive quest for fabric achieve. In cleverly titled chapters like "Swollen expectancies" and "A Rash of Bankruptcies," the authors learn the origins, evolution, and signs of the affluenza epidemic. but additionally they discover remedies and recommend techniques for rebuilding households and groups and for restoring and respecting the earth.Demonstrating that now, greater than ever, americans want methods of combating the disorder, this variation encompasses a new advent and up to date figures, provides details at the affects of rigidity and overwork, and gives an in-depth verify campaigns and events delivering recommendations for modern day difficulties. enticing, fast moving, and obtainable, it reexamines a significant, far-reaching factor for a large viewers.

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The Super Mall in Auburn, Washington, opened in October 1995 to a stampede of a hundred thousand shoppers. The crowd gathered under a model of Washington’s 14, 410-foot Mount Rainier. Rising above the Super Mall’s front entrance, the imitation mountain provided one show that the real thing could not: a display of fireworks, set off as soon as the ribbon-cutting ceremony was over. In a spirit of boosterism that would have impressed Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt, speaker after speaker extolled the wonders of the new shopping center, the biggest in the state.

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1 Americans, Gore suggested, had become addicted to stuff. Our civilization, he wrote, promises happiness through “the consumption of an endless stream of shiny new products. . ” A year later, Al Gore was inaugurated as vice president of the United States. During the ceremony, a soprano sang the beautiful old Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts” (’Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free. . ). During the song, Gore nodded in agreement. Then, in the next couple of years, something happened. The mind-snatcher came and took Al Gore.

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