In Reply to: Re: High Prices for necessities posted by Becka Friedrichs on December 1, 2001 at 14:27:05:
I think the genius of a capitalist entrepreneur is in creating a product that didn't exist before, and then marketing it so it becomes the standard. This is true with all the hygiene products, but also now with gadgets. These days you're out of the loop if you don't have a car, a personal computer, a cell phone, a vcr (or now dvd player), a microwave, and the list goes on. Yet most of these things were not household commonalities 20 years ago, if they even existed. The common perception is that technology and science are increasing our standard of living. But maybe these things aren't improving our lives at all, they just turn us into identical consumer zombies, all of us striving towards the same goal: accumulating lots of stuff. These are just more things to buy, more things to put on your credit card so you will have to keep working.
And the fact that you couldn't go to an interview without wearing make-up or deodorant is exactly why this system is no good. People think that capitalism brings them more choices, but really it pressures them into conforming.
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