because he’s annoying me with his insistence that capitalism is so superawesomely good for our quality of life, here’s some actual science on that subject:
Consumerism and structural violence (pdf link!)
in a nutshell (including some stuff from studies i didn’t link): most studies show that consumerism isn’t correlated with happiness, or is negatively correlated with it; income is only relevant up till it satisfies basic needs, then it’s only relevant in relative terms, and greater social gradients make correlation with relative wealth more pronounced; membership in a community and cooperation, self-determination and ability to express oneself, and stability and security are all more or less strongly positively correlated with health and happiness, but are rarely found in the modern economy, with the exception of co-ops. Economically invisible labor (gardening, child-raising, productive hobbies etc) can have positive effects on wellbeing, but the effect is suppressed where economic status is seen as important.
Whatever good thing capitalism has done for us in the West it ha reached its pinnacle decades ago, and well-being has decreased for the majority of Westerners since then. Outside of the West, capitalism is mostly creating ecological crises, and re-creating the early industrial working conditions that anti-capitalist forces have managed to abolish in the west (extremely low wages, extremely long working hours, extremely dangerous work conditions, slave-like rule of bosses/managers over workers; child labor; etc.), destroying indigenous and local economies and social support networks, etc.
and it’s not offering any solutions to the agricultural and industrial resource depletion and climate change.
it’s a fucking disaster, and if that’s the best we can do, we’re royally fucked.