Addict Nation: An Intervention for America by Jane Velez-Mitchell

By Jane Velez-Mitchell

American citizens are being lured into habit. And what we are addicted to isn't really inevitably unlawful or maybe not easy to come back through. Prescription drugs are making us excessive. quick nutrients is making us fats. the net retains us always distracted with every thing from playing and porn to compulsive social networking. tv bombards us with glamorized violence. From billboards, to on-line pop ups, to advertisements. . . we are seduced into purchasing extra stuff we do not want whereas we drown in growing to be debt. colossal gains fill the wallet of a handful of 'pushers' on the rate of everybody else. organisations, executive, and the media are developing the appearance that the extra we've got, the higher we're, and so we crave no matter what they are promoting and turn into hooked on their items within the approach. american citizens are being seduced into self-destructivebehavior on a mass scale. it is time to take our energy again. In her trademark no-holds-barred kind, Jane Velez-Mitchell asks, 'Do you actually need to be a slave, latest simply to make another person wealthy and powerful?' If the answer's no, then learn this booklet. Addict country is our blueprint for switch, yet first we needs to see what's fairly occurring. this is often an intervention!

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While Underhill doesn’t see this overconsumption epidemic in the sinister light I do, he does issue a fascinating warning: “Every expert agrees, we are now dangerously over-retailed—too much is for sale, through too many outlets. The economy even at its strongest can’t keep up with retailing’s growth. ”19 Leave it to a retail guru to describe a fatal flaw in our consumer culture. Our entire economy is teetering on a house of cards. And his description dovetails perfectly with the dynamics of addiction.

Here’s the really important question: When Does Our Consumption of Material Goods Cross a Line into Addiction? The answer is: when we are consuming material goods for the wrong reasons, not because we really need those items but because we’re scrambling to fill a void. Here’s a common story: an unhappily married woman shops compulsively, spending money she doesn’t have on designer shoes and handbags to escape the sadness she feels at home. Although she’s a well-paid executive, her salary can’t keep up with her cravings.

You weren’t there,” is the tired joke. The sixties positively romanticized the use of psychedelics. Then the nineties demonized them. The fifties was one long love affair with smoking. ” The disco seventies, where hot pants and platform shoes were the rage, looked askance on obesity. Today, there’s an ill-advised fat acceptance movement. Our culture has lost its tolerance for drunks and smokers, but we still rationalize obesity as a lifestyle choice. Being morbidly overweight is an addiction to food, just like smoking is an addiction to cigarettes and getting drunk is an addiction to alcohol.

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