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If you shop on Thanksgiving, you are part of the problem

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I’m a capitalist. It’s not my religion, I won’t bow before its altar, I won’t kiss its ring, but I believe in capitalism. It’s an invention of man and it involves money, so it’s not perfect, but I’ve never heard anyone suggest a better system. So I’m a capitalist.

I am not, however, a consumerist. I like the freedom and innovation of capitalism; I loath the materialism and gluttony of consumerism. There’s a popular misconception that capitalism and consumerism are inextricably linked; that one naturally involves and requires the other. But this is a fallacy. Certainly the “stimulus” programs a few years ago ought to have dispelled this notion entirely. The government perverted the free market and elected to hand free money to millions of people, hoping that they’d go out and buy a bunch of stuff with it. This was consumerism at the expense of capitalism, and it revealed…

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2 thoughts on “If you shop on Thanksgiving, you are part of the problem

  1. Suzanne says:

    Are you also going to refuse to watch TV, especially football games, on Thanksgiving Day? Or run to the grocery store if you forget marshmallows for the sweet potatoes? Or get gas on the way to your mom’s for dinner? Or have family flying in Thanksgiving morning because flights were cheaper that day? Maybe all these don’t apply to you, the blogger, specifically. But think about the hypocrisy that is in play, if even one of them does apply to any person agreeing with the blogger.

    • Well, I don’t have cable or satellite. We use Netflix and Amazon Prime but we don’t watch live television. And I understand why military, emergency services, and even air travel needs to run all the time. But to conflate that with the crass consumerism that this post is referencing is just mind-blowing. I don’t think retailers, gas stations, movie theaters, or restaurants should be open. Not only is it a gross money grab but it actually degrades society. It teaches us that those days are no longer really important other than to have a sale to commemorate them. And having the grocery store and gas station open is just another little signal to people that they no longer have to be responsible. Why should I plan ahead of time and be cognizant of the things I will need to get through my Thanksgiving holiday (including fuel and marshmallows) when I know I can just inconvenience someone instead?

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