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how capitalism created a culture of people who cannot bear minor inconveniences


Capitalism created disposability (through creating way more objects than could ever be needed and creating objects that are meant to be used once and thrown away, because profit is more important than avoiding waste) and that, combined with advertising, results in a culture where people see inconvenience as not only something that can be avoided and should be avoided, but that inconvenience is wrong, not a natural part of life. Without capitalism pushing disposability, we would just take inconvenience as a part of life and accept that yeah, it's inconvenient to wash a container, but it's a better choice most of the time than using a one-time wrapper which will then be waste. etc. Pretty much all advertising is telling you "inconvenience? Don't stand for that! you deserve better!" so when we are faced with an inconvenience we feel not only inconvenienced, but insulted, because our capitalism-given 'right' to never be inconvenienced is being taken away. People who are used to being able to afford conveniences actually feel that they are being disrespected and disenfranchised by inconvenience.

Capitalism feeds on itself by creating poor people who have no time who then require these 'conveniences' in order to scrape by with any energy left for emotional survival. When people are forced into drudgery the majority of their waking life, an inconvenience becomes far more than that. For instance, if it takes the last bit of your energy to do the dishes, if you want to connect with your kids you simply cannot do the dishes. Those disposable bags become the way for you to cope with the system that reduces you to needing them.

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bart_calendar ══╣╠══
Well, yeah, the whole endgame of corporations is to not only create serfdom, but to make people volunteer for it.
bebe_de_lune ══╣╠══
Being poor myself, I prefer the things that last longer (in that regard things end up cheaper -- in my opinion) but am sure I bow to convenience at times too. I may actually purchase a dishwasher someday and there is actually defense that it is more environmentally friendly than hand washing by even some "green" lifestyle promoters. So, that person could wash their dishes and still spend time with their kids. Also, my brother has told me it is way less environmentally friendly to produce the non-disposable/reusable bags in factories (which is probably still a convenience thing versus buying a handmade one o.O) than to just use plastic bags. I don't know if this is true but it seems plausible!
slinkslowdown ══╣╠══
Being poor myself, I prefer the things that last longer

+1

I also end up re-purposing "disposable" objects often.

My most frequent example: I don't buy garbage bags; I just use the little plastic bags my groceries, etc. are carried home in to pack up my trash and it goes into the bin outside.
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belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
Me too -- but sometimes I have only a few dollars, and even though it would save the environment and ultimately be cheaper, I have to buy the tiny jar of peanut butter instead of the giant one, or the tiny pack of toilet paper. This is the kind of thing I meant.

Also, loading the dishwasher still takes more time than using paper plates, for instance.
bebe_de_lune ══╣╠══
Ah! I usually try to buy big sized everything but I get what you mean. The way things come individually packaged these days and sometimes they can be cheaper or at the least quicker!
bebe_de_lune ══╣╠══
I agree with this article that there needs to be a shift in the "use and toss" mentality, which seems to be kind of what you are talking about, here. And, what my brother must have read about was this study done in the UK, here. I'd imagine!
blimeyzawn1 ══╣╠══
I was just thinking about this, literally as I was scanning livejournal contemplating what to write about.

Jeff and I are 1%ers. Or maybe 2%. Idk, I haven't plugged our income into that handy calculator thing lately, and our income has been steadily declining, but still. I don't feel rich because we're saddled with law/graduate school debt that is slowly crushing our bank account and spirits, but lots of 1% say shit like that, and I don't want to be one of them.

So yeah, for all intents and purposes, we are rich and we do not generally worry about paying for basic necessities and etc. I grew up in a wealthy family, and the transition to life as a broke college student was challenging for me. Why? Because I had to put up with inconveniences. being broke reminded me of how particular I am, and how this is a privilege. Now, I was never much for disposable culture, to be sure, but I was addicted to convenience.

Wealth 2.0 (the kind that comes from Jeff and me not from our parents) has been a better ride, and I've abandoned many of my previous bad wealth habits. But damn if I don't find myself *losing my fucking shit* if the woman who waxes my eyebrows is 20 minutes late. I never show this frustration to her, but I feel it. Sometimes these minor frustrations ruin my mood for hours. Because damnit, I am busy and important and I have important social justice issues to write about and my husband has to give that talk at that law school and I need to be there and....
Except that's all bullshit. these are the things I think, that capitalism and wealth make me think. And they're unacceptable but very, very challenging to rid oneself of.

My eyebrow waxer just had a baby. For her, being late means that she spends less time with her baby because she has to go home later. But I never once said, "hey, leeza, why don't we just skip this appointment so you can get home to moses?" Nope. Because convenience, yo.

::sigh::
raidingparty ══╣╠══
I'm at the edge of this field. After passing through a handful of "get rich quick" stuff, I've determined that even the non-scammy ones require a certain amount of net income (and free time) to be able to actually apply. I do still use the principles of one of the budgeting methods they suggested, and as a result give away hundreds of dollars every year, but I'm well aware that I can only do so because of my current (and improving) good fortune.
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ravensong ══╣Me: Sunglasses╠══
In the words of my friend/roommate: Fuck Capitolism
mangled_packets ══╣╠══
Indeed
snakesinspace ══╣╠══
This is very true.
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