7 thoughts on “How a Marketplace, Consumerist Mentality Threatens Core Institutions and Harms Our Society

  1. Jan,

    A much needed piece, beautifully done. I feel that Barber is a agreat source for those of us who don’t feel adequate as political theorists. I am growing in the sense that the current issue of public education is uncovering the need for the discussion of a much deeper issue.

    From reading your sharing and from my own observations, I sense that in their purest forms, democracy and capitalism are not compatible. Nowhere is the clash of systems clearer that in discussions of social contracts and the common good. As it has evolved (and as it continues to evolve), capitalism seems to be better at developing consumerism than conscience.

    While I suspect political theorists would be/are more comfortable discussing bottom line, capital growth, etc. than the exploration of concepts such as moral compass and common good, I wonder what would happen if we acknowledged that for the vast (and growing) majority, the current balance between consumerism and conscience isn’t working.

    Thanks for sharing this Jan. Another great piece… especially for a “non political theorist.” 😘

    Rich Ten Eyck 609.661.9320


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