"The culture of the eight-hour workday is big business’ most powerful tool for keeping people in this same dissatisfied state where the answer to every problem is to buy something," according to David Cain's blog post. Clayton Morgareidge reads and adds further commentary.
This piece is an interesting companion piece to this CounterPunch article read on today's show by Tom Becker. Is it really enough to just "say no"?
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The advertising industry is largely responsible for a consumer obsessed society by creating need where there was no need through sophisticated psychological manipulation of people of all demographics. Tom Becker reads John K. White's article "Just Say No: The Manufactured Need" from CounterPunch.
There is a jewel buried amongst the businesses and warehouses of SE Portland. Volunteers of America Oregon operates a facility that helps women rise out of addiction into a better life and helps moms improve life for their kids. This is not your parent's VOA. These days, it does a lot more than pick up mattresses and refrigerators. Don Merrill followed the trail of a klatch of women standing in a parking lot to a truly remarkable pair of heroic and life changing programs. 15:17 minutes (13.98 MB)