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" A child's appetite for new toys appeal to the desire for ownership and appropriation: the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but in their status as possessions. "
" It is the logic of consumerism that undermines the values of loyalty and permanence and promotes a different set of values that is destructive of family life. "
" The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information. "
" The left has lost touch with popular opinion, thereby making it possible for the right to present itself as the party of common sense. "
" The same historical development that turned the citizen into a client transformed the worker from a producer into a consumer. "
" Knowledge is what we get when an observer, preferably a scientifically trained observer, provides us with a copy of reality that we can all recognize. "
" A growing awareness of the depth of popular attachment to the family has led some liberals to concede that family is not just a buzzword for reaction. "
" Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product. "
" The left has come to regard common sense - the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community - as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment. "
" The conservative revival cannot be dismissed. "
" Adherents of the new religious right reject the separation of politics and religion, but they bring no spiritual insights to politics. "
" Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. "
" Every age develops its own peculiar forms of pathology, which express in exaggerated form its underlying character structure. "
" Environmentalism opposes reckless innovation and makes conservation the central order of business. "
" Today Americans are overcome not by the sense of endless possibility but by the banality of the social order they have erected against it. "
" When liberals finally grasped the strength of popular feeling about the family, they cried to appropriate the rhetoric and symbolism of family values for their own purposes. "
" Neoclassical economics insists that advertising cannot force consumers to buy anything they don't already want to buy. "
" Relentless improvement of the product and upgrading of consumer tastes are the heart of mass merchandising. "
" The effect of the mass media is not to elicit belief but to maintain the apparatus of addiction. "
" Make it new is the message not just of modern art but of modern consumerism, of which modern art is largely a mirror image. "
" The family wage has been eroded by the same developments that have promoted consumerism as a way of life. "
" Because politics rests on an irreducible measure of coercion, it can never become a perfect realm of perfect love and justice. "
" Most women are pragmatists who have allowed extremists on the left and right to manipulate the family issue for their own purposes. "
" It is advertising and the logic of consumerism that governs the depiction of reality in the mass media. "
" A society that has made 'nostalgia' a marketable commodity on the cultural exchange quickly repudiates the suggestion that life in the past was in any important way better than life today. "