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June 3, 2013


Galbraith also ponders this question: that the interests of the employee must eventually and to some degree be made those of the employer, also; or vice versa: the interests of the employer must be assumed to a great degree by employees themselves.

The “consumer” as concept is the great equalizer, and we are all “in the same boat” in regards to “making ourselves a little money”.

But to what degree is this positive extrapolated from the purely transactional, utilitarian context of industrial production, services and labor to a broader social plane?

To the question, “is money everything”, the businessman will answer yes, even though social propriety dictates that he not be totally honest and frank in his response.

For the life mode and vital philosophy of the businessman-even of the entrepreneur – is that of utilitarian efficiency and the accumulation of wealth-and at the bottom and behind it all, it is certainly not a “fascinating” life, which he or she even will admit to you from time to time.

What sense of “adventure” and challenge-and greatness-do they really know except that of material superiority over others-or at best some kind of haughty and removed “responsibility” for the systemic well-being of social structure?

It makes no sense-simply put, therefore-that this spirit of comfort and existential complacency be imposed through the modus operandi of consumer as life on individual and collective life itself.

I mean: what kind of sham have the last 30 years of American social history really been in this sense and from this standpoint?

The question, of course, is rhetorical; but I would, however, love to hear Luis F. Powell’s answer if we were still alive.

I’ll try to remember that if I come across him in the big afterlife:

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