“Affluenza is that strange desire we feel to spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t know . . .”
A truly modern affliction, affluenza is endemic in Western societies, encouraged by those who profit from a culture of exploitation and waste. So how do we cure ourselves? In today’s episode Ebony talks to Chief Economist Richard Denniss about why we must distinguish between consumerism and materialism.
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Host: Deputy Director Ebony Bennett @ebony_bennett
Contributors: Chief Economist Richard Denniss @RDNS_TAI
Producer: Jennifer Macey @jennifermacey // Title Track: Jonathan McFeat pulseandthrum.com
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