Eric Brown

Eric Brown is the communications director at the Center for a New American Dream.

It’s time Americans hit the brakes on consumption

Every year, long before the last of the Halloween candy has been eaten, the drumbeat of holiday consumerism ushers in a long, wasteful, expensive march to New Year’s. Now Holiday 2002 is finally over, and apparently it’s just as well, because it turns out the season was a “failure.” This information comes not from our friends, our family, or even our clergy, but from CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, and Alan Greenspan. American “family values” are great — so long as American families value consuming ’til it hurts. Charge! Recently, the Washington Post business section ran a story trumpeting the …

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