Dangerously Addictive American Dream

Rural Nevada Democratic Caucus

Why we are biologically ill-suited to the riches of modern America
— Peter Whybrow (originally posted at Post Carbon Institute)

[Excerpt] “It’s called the American Dream,” George Carlin lamented shortly before his death, “because you have to be asleep to believe it.” Too bad for the rest of us that George and his signature satire haven’t been around for the wake-up call of the current market meltdown. After all, George Carlin knew something about the dangers of addiction from first hand experience. He understood earlier than most that the debt fueled consumptive frenzy that has gripped the American psyche for the past two decades was a nightmare in the making—a seductive, twisted and commercially conjured version of the American Dream that now threatens our environmental, individual and civic health.

The United States is the quintessential trading nation and for the past quarter century we have worshiped the “free” market…

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