Zoe still doesn’t get it

But it’s the beginning of the end. If you don’t want anything enough to get off your sofa for it, there’s a strong chance that you’re finally sated. What do you get the species that has everything? Manufacturers can stave off the inevitable by building in obsolescence and selling everything as a positional good – a thing you need to prove to others that you’re 1% better than they are. But one day, the answer to that question will be: nothing.

Isn’t that wonderful? And end to consumption inequality and the final satiation of all human desires and needs.

And all brought to you by consumerist capitalism.

It’s almost as if Karl Marx was working along the right lines, isn’t it?

11 thoughts on “Zoe still doesn’t get it”

  1. If the silly cow is sated with consumption and has everything , why is she wasting the one precious commodity left to her-ie time–writing shite for the G?

    It is the age old crapola–free markets produce supposed “tat” for plebs –as opposed to whatever this snobbish leftist bitch thinks should be produced ( probably a transgender version of that operating game where it rings a bell as you remove the –rather than the appendix).

    Everybody’s jaded with spending. Black Friday was a flop. A fucking stupid American import that is about–what?–3 years old over here has failed to draw mega-monster sales. Of course the ongoing blizzard of state spending and the inflation that is producing plus poor trading conditions caused by more state spending/meddling in just about everything have nothing to do with poor sales figures. No–everybody is sick of consuming.

    Anyone on this blog–even the leftist dullards and villains–could write a better and more plausible packs of lies than the dickheads the G pays to do so.

  2. ” ( probably a transgender version of that operating game where it rings a bell as you remove the –rather than the appendix).”

    It would be just so gorgeous to actually produce that game. Imagine the outrage!

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    On the plus side, when everyone is perfectly sated, and too fat to get out of their chairs, a la Wall-E, the chances of anyone being energetic enough to change the system, much less launch a revolution, would be about nil.

    So in your face Guardianistas! Capitalism wins again.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    If you don’t want anything enough to get off your sofa for it, there’s a strong chance that you’re finally sated. What do you get the species that has everything?

    A teenage Greek prostitute who will make you a sammich?

  5. Ah, the myth of oversupply again.

    Like, Jean Baptiste Say never happened. And as Mr Ecks says-

    “It is the age old crapola–free markets produce supposed “tat” for plebs –as opposed to whatever this snobbish leftist bitch thinks should be produced”

  6. Don’t want to get off my sofa? Why would I spend my time driving to town, paying a couple of quid for parking, walking around shops and finding they don’t stock something or don’t have something in stock when I can hit Amazon, order it and get it delivered the next day for a lower price?

    Other than grabbing odd bits of food from the supermarket and a few bits of clothing, I rarely go out shopping now. As a tall bloke, the internet is great. No more traipsing around a dozen shoe shops trying to find size 12s, just hit the DM or Clarks website and get some ordered and try them on at home.

    The other thing I’ve noticed is the rise of independent decorative arts production. There’s a load of people around here making paintings, glassware, pottery etc and selling it directly. You go to their house/workshop, see the stuff and buy it from them, or online. And I think part of the rise of that is that it’s a more unusual gift than say, a high street shop.

  7. Hooray! Celebrate! Zoe has finally grasped the concept of a positional good.

    Now, if only we can get her to realise that demanding public funding for things she ‘CARES!!!!’ about is a positional good too.

  8. There’s a simpler explanation. Pretty much everyone today has the internet, which provides them with a good supply of fun and addictive games. Granny can play crosswords online; your three year old can watch Peppa Pig online. Plastic crap just can’t compete any more. It actually seems quaint to see a kid colouring-in with crayons as opposed to using a tablet.

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