The Double-Edged Sword of American Materialism

The flood of material goods has been a mainstay in American culture for several decades now, arguably taking hold in the post-war period but with roots that extend to centuries bygone. As citizens, we are perpetually awash in an inundation of things — and new ones at that. We are accustomed to a world of mass production, of robust inventories, of an overwhelming cornucopia of consumer goods. We are also