Say what you will about Capitalism, but it has the probably most effective and universally applicable method of conquering its enemies: subversion, assimilation and substitution via mimicry.
point being, if it costs you that much money to be an anti-consumerist/anti-capitalist rebel, you’re doing it wrong.
It’s cool to be a rebel right now. But really living without stuff, wearing the same pair of jeans for decades until they’ve become unfixable, fighting the peer-pressure to buy-buy-buy, go to demonstrations, organize, boycott, fight, etc… well, that’s hard work. So much easier to just buy into the look and believe that that is what the whole thing is about. This dilutes the real counterculture and assimilates it into the mainstream, consumerist culture; it becomes a mere fashion statement.
And it’s really fucking tough to resist, too. I’m guilty of it, too… but I want to do better, because I hate feeling like a poser and hypocrite. I’m getting there, in baby steps, but I get the feeling that baby-steps just aren’t fast enough.
Being good is hard; and disgustingly caffeine-free *pout*