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Lauryn Hill Takes On The World's Injustices

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.05.2013 | Entertainment

The lyric video for Lauryn Hill's "Consumerism" features a whirlwind of visceral images that whiz by with every ferocious word she utters. Ben Frankli...

How to Be a Good Consumer

Eric Simpson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric Simpson

As I write this, it's Black Friday, which to my mind is the highest ritual of consumer religion, attracting untold numbers of devotees of all races, c...

A Grown-Up's Guide to the Holiday Season: Or, How to Survive an Ambush by Animatronic Elves

Marthe Weyandt | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Marthe Weyandt

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)?

Let's Play Shopping!

Molly Rosner | Posted 01.30.2014 | Media
Molly Rosner

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.

The Hunger Games at Walmart

Spencer Critchley | Posted 01.30.2014 | Business
Spencer Critchley

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.

The Prayer of the Consumer

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 01.30.2014 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

This prayer can be redeemed at retailers on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, or whenever you are buying stuff no one needs.

The Three "Family Values" Behind Black Friday

Morgan Guyton | Posted 01.29.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

What if we spend Advent lounging around like laid-back country shepherds instead of anxious, competitive Christmas shoppers? It might feel lazy.

'This Thanksgiving Retail Craze Represents The Opposite Of Counting Our Blessings'

Mary Novaria | Posted 01.29.2014 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

Some of my friends can't wait for the holidays. The rest can't wait for them to be over. It's no wonder we're conflicted. We've allowed our most traditional, warm and fuzzy holiday to be smothered by an avalanche of consumerism and immediate gratification.

What Is an Authentic Life?

Eldon Taylor | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

I am often asked two questions, "What is an authentic life?" and "How does one know whether or not they are living authentically?"

Black Friday: The Animal Instinct of Consumerism

Mehroz Baig | Posted 01.26.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

The lines between need and want blur away as the shopping lists are checked off, check-out lines grow longer and longer, people get angrier, and retail staff try to stay out of the fray.

The Prophet Amos Confronts Walmart

Rabbi Doug Sagal | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Doug Sagal

Thanksgiving morphing together with Black Friday, into an increasingly semi-holy day of materialism and worker exploitation that has finally consumed what dregs of compassion we might have once had

#GivingTuesday Keeps the Focus on What Matters This Holiday Season

Richard Stearns | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Richard Stearns

The best thing we can do about consumerism during the holidays is to give a little money away. It is a practice I now often turn to when I realize I'm too caught up in the busyness of the holiday rather than appreciating what makes it special.

The War on Thanksgiving

Mark Sandlin | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

On a day about being thankful for what we have, many people will be rushing out to buy more stuff. Rather than enjoying time spent with family or friends, they will rush out to battle strangers in an effort to buy more distractions.

Buy Experiences, Not Stuff This Holiday Season

Rana Florida | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

We need to place more value on experiences than on things. At the end of our lives, we treasure our memories more than our things.

Please Stay, Christine Day!

Julie Buckner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Julie Buckner

lululemon, please bring back Christine Day! Ms. Day, 51, who announced in June that she'd be stepping down as soon as a successor was named, is still acting in her capacity as CEO. But she's been rather quiet lately.

If You Shop on Thanksgiving, You Are Part of the Problem

Matt Walsh | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Matt Walsh

That's our entire economic system: buy things. Everybody buy. It doesn't matter what you buy. Just buy. How appropriate, then, that a holiday created by our ancestors as an occasion to give thanks for what they had, now morphs into a frenzied consumerist ritual where we descend upon shopping malls to accumulate more things we don't need.

11 Things I Am Thankful For

James Napoli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

Being asked to go around the table and share the things for which you are most thankful is butt-puckeringly awkward at best. So, this year, I'll just bring this handy gratitude list and pass it around.

The Death of Thanksgiving (Colossians 1:11-20)

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

But wait a second -- other stores are guilty as well. However if no one wanted to shop on Thanksgiving, then no stores would be open. The true Thanksgiving-killer is the person who leaves the table and heads to the mall.

Is This the Most Anti-Science, Anti-Environmental TV Ad Ever?

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Here is how Toys "R" Us apparently sees the world, and wants our children to see it: Nature sucks. Cheap plastic toys are great. Science education sucks. Commercialism is great. Field trips to see nature are boring. Running wild around a chain store is fantastic.

Brave New Consumerism: How to Get from More to Better

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Perhaps the owners of Toys-R-Us and their advertising team have been reading Brave New World because this advertisement mocking nature and encouraging consumerism seems ripped right from Huxley's book.

The Freedom Of Simple Living

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Craig K. Comstock

I've known rich people who feel inferior to friends who are even richer. The key is spending less than we earn, growing other values, and just ignoring (or laughing at) all the blandishments of an economic system dependent on our cravings every last thing we can get.

Toys 'R' Us Mocks Nature in Holiday Ad

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 12.28.2013 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

Now more than ever, we need companies who really care about children to stand up and encourage kids and families to get outdoors.

Letter From a New Economy Consumer

Stephanie Michele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Stephanie Michele

Everyday there are thousands of marketers competing for my time. I am consuming data and information at an alarming rate both online and off. When I am at my computer, on average I am switching tabs or functions more than twice every 60 seconds.

The Real Cost of Shipping

OnEarth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

By Bruce Stutz, OnEarth When I first moved to Brooklyn in the early 1970s I lived not far from the waterfront and often walked along the piers to watc...

The Subtle Science of Sex in Consumerism and Everyday Life

Troy Campbell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Troy Campbell

I don't like the idea that my mind and body are driven by such basic needs. I don't like the idea that businesses can use sex to sell to me or even change my mental state. But it's important for us to look at the truth of human nature, even if it's uncomfortable.