Mer(cena)ry Christmas

Is there not something wrong with an economy that relies on the “holiday season” to artificially boost consumption and employment? How fitting that the celebration of a religious figure who decried wealth and asked his followers to renounce their possessions should become the pretext for driving up the profits of the consumer goods industry. It is entirely consistent with the history of religion exploited as a guise for the concentration of power. We buy more crap and work longer hours not because we are imbued with the holiday spirit but because we are duped by capitalism.

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