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  •  Post WWII when the economy boomed (1+ / 0-)
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    and the desire for consumer goods, including houses, cars, appliances, etc. swelled.  The belt tightening, and for some outright deprivation, during the depression and WW II with domestic rationing created a big pent up demand.  Shoes, tires, sugar and gasoline were all among the rationed items.

    Later in the century manufacturing and even food production moved off shore for cheaper labor and fewer environmental and workplace regulations. What we have left is a consumer-driven economy.  And consumer, as you point out, has now become our role in society rather than citizen.

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