Imo, one of the most damning aspects of capitalism is that it encourages people to have consumptive hobbies over creative ones.

It actively seeks to bar people from doing things like cooking, or writing, or making pottery, or anything else of that nature. Activities in which you are making something

Things like that are made either too expensive (in terms of money, or time, or both) or framed as something not worth wasting time on, because you can't support yourself doing art/writing/etc


I would argue that technically capitalism would imply that we all become ascetic. That we'd only purchase things if it provides value for us. I think consumerism has a different origin than capitalism.

At least from an economist's point of view.

A culture of consumerism feeds a culture of capitalisim and vice versa, two sides of the same coin

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