A friend forwarded this article about addition to consumerism/consumtion, written by Charles Shaw in Alternet (article). Here are a few snippets to lure you into reading the whole article:
Consumption without need is the hallmark of addiction, and “consumerism” is defined as “the equating of personal happiness with the purchasing of material possessions and consumption.” The pattern of out-of-control consumption in the United States, which per capita consumes 70 times more than India, with three times the U.S. population, is not qualitatively different from the well-known patterns of behavior of substance abusers.
“In order to avoid this literal death,” Derrick Jensen adds soberly, “society will have to go through a cultural death and spiritual rebirth.
Let us never forget that after 9/11 George Bush told Americans it was their patriotic duty to “spend.”