American Consequences: Consumption Dysfunction (Ideas That Matter Book 6)

Written by P.J. O'Rourke
Category: · Business & Money

In this magazine, brought to you by Editor in Chief P.J. O’Rourke, we’re talking “consumption.” (The compulsion, not the disease.)

The Internet seems to be sucking the fun out of holiday shopping… and leaving behind a bunch of credit-card bills.

P.J. gets us started with why it seems like you need to be rich today to live the ordinary middle-class lifestyle of 65 years ago.

Then we look at America’s most heroic debtor… and the dangerous “solution” that governments around the world would rather put in place than paying their debts.

We’re talking “Death of Shopping” and how you could have made double-digit gains on the “Death of Malls.”

Plus, don’t miss P.J’s list of fantastic (very bad) holiday gift ideas, like a special hand-crafted duplex pet pillow that allows your cat to sleep comfortably on your face…

A former presidential speechwriter writes about the reasons behind the “Toy Big Bang”… while a veteran journalist talks the “Explosion of Stuff” and who’s cashing in on it.

Then:

What today’s decibel levels, anxiety, traffic jams, and body mass index say about America… An important warning about your health in winter…
The secretive world of Christmas tree salesmen…
What P.J. would do with $100 billion…

And we wrap up with a conversation with an accomplished Marine sniper… and a former CIA analyst looks at what to expect from the Middle East in 2018.

If you’ve ever felt that something is off with our consumption-focused holidays – this magazine is for you.

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