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

By John De Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor, Redefining Progress (Organization)

In accordance with hugely acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by way of 10 million audience, "Affluenza makes use of the whimsical metaphor of a sickness to take on a truly severe topic: the wear performed -- to our healthiness, our households, our groups, and our surroundings -- through the obsessive quest for cloth achieve. In cleverly titled chapters like "Swollen expectancies" and "A Rash of Bankruptcies," the authors study the origins, evolution, and indicators of the affluenza epidemic. but in addition they discover remedies and recommend concepts for rebuilding households and groups and for restoring and respecting the earth.Demonstrating that now, greater than ever, americans desire methods of struggling with the ailment, this version encompasses a new creation and up to date figures, provides details at the affects of pressure and overwork, and offers an in-depth check campaigns and hobbies delivering options for present day difficulties. attractive, fast paced, and available, it reexamines a major, far-reaching factor for a large viewers.

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Of the respondents, 93 percent feel Americans are too focused on working and making money, 91 percent believe we buy and consume far more than we need, 81 percent think we’ll need to make major changes in the way we live to protect the environment, more than half say they have too much debt, and 87 percent feel our current consumer culture makes it hard to instill positive values in our children. The poll conducted by Widmeyer Communications, a national polling firm, surveyed nearly 1,300 American adults and had a margin of error of 3 percent.

The mind-snatcher came and took Al Gore. S. ” Gore never questioned whether it would be a good thing for Americans to consume twice as much. By the 2000 election, the transformation of Al Gore into an agent of affluenza was complete. S. economy by 30 percent in ten years. And what happened to Al Gore seems to be happening to all of us. ” asks the ABC show. Apparently, nearly everyone. Of course, there’s a downside to this obsession, and in our hearts most of us know it. Pollster Richard Harwood found that out back in 1995, when he conducted a survey for the Merck Family Fund about American attitudes concerning consumption.

Get that money out of your savings account/There’s a whole lotta shoppin’ going on. . —FOLKSINGER ALAN ATKISSON It’s Thanksgiving Day, and eight-year-old Jason Jones has just finished stuffing himself with turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie à la mode. He sits at his PC, frantically typing a list of presents he hopes to receive from Santa Claus at Christmas. He plans to deliver the list to Santa the next day, the opening day of the Christmas shopping season and, incidentally, of affluenza season.

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