By Jane Velez-Mitchell
Americans are being lured into habit. And what we are addicted to is not inevitably unlawful or maybe tough to come back via. Prescription medicinal drugs are making us excessive. speedy meals is making us fats. the web retains us regularly distracted with every thing from playing and porn to compulsive social networking. tv bombards us with glamorized violence. From billboards, to on-line pop ups, to ads. . . we are seduced into purchasing extra stuff we do not desire whereas we drown in becoming debt. gigantic earnings fill the wallet of a handful of 'pushers' on the price of everybody else. organisations, executive, and the media are developing the semblance that the extra we have now, the higher we're, and so we crave no matter what they're promoting and turn into hooked on their items within the procedure. americans are being seduced into self-destructivebehavior on a mass scale. it is time to take our energy again. In her trademark no-holds-barred sort, Jane Velez-Mitchell asks, 'Do you really need to be a slave, current simply to make another individual wealthy and powerful?' If the answer's no, then learn this ebook. Addict country is our blueprint for switch, yet first we needs to see what's relatively occurring. this can be an intervention!
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But is it good for the growth of the individuals involved? ” —Eugene Halton, author of The Great Brain Suck Addicted to Growth Corporate greed is the other side of the overconsumption coin. Why are we being pressured to buy so much stuff? Because America’s corporate culture is addicted to constant revenue growth! America’s CEOs are hooked on showing ever-increasing profits, quarter by quarter, to meet or beat analysts’ expectations. As ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff proved, you can’t profit unwaveringly without taking ethical shortcuts.
As ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff proved, you can’t profit unwaveringly without taking ethical shortcuts. S. government. We have a fox-guarding-the-henhouse problem in almost every agency of government, from the USDA to the FDA to the Interior Department. S. government looks the other way while corporate giants decimate taxpayer-owned public lands and natural resources, risking the safety and health of our citizens. Take big oil. Who could ever forget that terrible day in the spring of 2010 when oil started spilling into the Gulf of Mexico?
That’s because all the behavior is driven by the same motive: to “check out,” to numb, and to escape. You’re an addict when your behavior turns into a never-ending cycle of craving, bingeing, remorse, and withdrawal. That hangover, or withdrawal, then triggers a new bout of craving, and the cycle begins again. Here’s one of my addictive cycles. Every night when I leave work, I feel the urge to eat something. No problem there. It’s what I crave that’s the problem. As a vegan, I’m pretty much locked in to a healthy diet.
Addict Nation: An Intervention for America by Jane Velez-Mitchell