"It is a symbol of Irish art. The cracked lookingglass of a servant." -- James Joyce
Are you sure that this sort of behavior is *caused* by capitalism?
I said modern capitalism panders to it. I didn't say it caused it.
I'm not sure I'd throw my hat emphatically in the "caused it" ring, but it's not entirely absurd to think that baser consumerisms are actually fostered and cultivated in market economies.That's not an argument against capitalism, of course. Other systems cultivate even baser motives. In the grand scheme of things acting like a dumbass over a waffle maker is still probably better than raping and pillaging.