If you reduce holiday commercialism to its essence, it's about showing someone you love them. So why do we have to spend money to do that?
It was a big weekend with the Thanksgiving holiday and for the first time I can recall, many of us also celebrated Hanukkah. I love this time of year filled with tradition, gathering together and sharing.
What kind of dissonance is experienced by children who, the day after they learn about the meaning of Thanksgiving, go with their parents to the mall and watch them argue and push others over appliances?
The ethical teachings of Jesus long and clearly have been understood to support the poor and struggling in the world over those with means -- who remain hard of heart.
Is keeping up with the Joneses getting you down -- financially, emotionally and let's face it, physically? What if you want to tell the Joneses to take a long walk off a short pier (in the most respectful, non-grinchlike way possible)?
Some manufacturing is coming back to America, to be sure, but not the assembly line jobs that used to be the core of manufacturing employment. Computerized machine tools and robots are doing an increasing portion of the work -- which is why many companies can afford to bring their factories back here. Get it? Technology and globalization are driving the good deals American consumers are getting this holiday season. But the same forces are keeping wages down, and are even on the verge of eliminating many of the low-wage retail and related service jobs many Americans now need to make ends meet. To put it another way, American consumers getting great shopping deals are also American workers on the losing end of those same deals.
Look, at the end of the day, what policy makers really need to be looking for are ideas that most efficiently reduce wage and income inequality. That's a main reason why I've been so stuck on full employment, as it perfectly meets that criterion.
Will the media whip the public up into a frothing fit over the terrible state of the nation's infrastructure? What about the millions of unemployed, underemployed and underpaid? The answer is: probably not.
Perhaps you've noticed via the 80 billion emails that have gone out today that it's Cyber Monday. A time to go hog wild and buy buy buy online. But ou...
Some studies that look at brain activity when people are giving, show similar pleasure circuit patterns to when we eat chocolate, have orgasms or do drugs. Sex, drugs and... philanthropy? Doesn't quite have that same ring to it.
No matter what type of foot problem you may have, when you place arch supports in your sandals, high heels or running shoes your foot will automatically become more supported, comfortable and improve the wear pattern of your shoes.
Alongside the convenience and ease of shopping online brings the complexities of actually getting the goods in the hands of the shopper, which can be difficult for retailers to control.
Thanksgiving seems to be everyone's favorite holiday. In addition to the pleasures of the feast, millions of Americans enjoy sitting around the table ...
This week, the time devoted to giving thanks for all that we have became a little shorter, and the time devoted to accumulating more stuff grew longer, with the shopping orgy known as Black Friday (a name that seems more apt every year) getting started on Thanksgiving itself. At Macy's, the traditional parade balloons were followed by armed police watching as impatient shoppers, corralled within barricades, waited to get into the company's flagship store. Black Friday brought a slew of bargains coast to coast -- along with shootings, stabbings, various assaults and the trending hashtag #WalmartFights. How did a holiday meant to celebrate what's best in us come to be hijacked by a consumerist frenzy that increasingly showcases our worst impulses? Perhaps next year, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we can officially shoehorn in Reflection Sunday.
Perhaps ironically, the toys that parents are pushing each other out of the way to buy are themselves aimed to train the shopper in the fine art of mayhem and competition.
Who waits in line over night to go shopping? Who gives up their Thanksgiving just to save 10 dollars on a toaster, or even a hundred on a tablet? Poor people, that's who. Those of us who say we wouldn't dream of entering a Walmart on Black Whateverday? We can afford to say things like that.