Saturday, November 29, 2008

On secular Christmas and the free market
From Michael Lawrence
Early Friday morning, a Wal-Mart employee was knocked over and killed in a stampede of crazy shoppers.
Probably rushing to buy a scarce DVD of The Armadillo That Saved Festivus.
Every year this obscenity seems to get even worse. As a proponent of the free market, I find the the yearly Christmas shopping orgy to be an embarrassment, not only because it takes a wonderful system and boils it down to a base, lowest common denominator kind of thing, but also because this rampant consumerism, what Albert Jay Nock would call “economism,” is perhaps the most powerful argument in existence against the free-market system.

So why support the free market? In short, the free market allows the intelligent to make smart decisions which are not only economically sound but also beneficial to growth in wisdom, virtue, and all those other largely mummified ideals. But the people who know this were sleeping in the small hours of Friday morning when the nuts were out stuffing shopping carts full of junk.
If you want to creatively apply some of your Advent (the liturgical season roughly co-terminous with secular Christmas) penance/ascesis to something socially constructive instead as Revds Ref and Jane suggest that’s fine with me FWIW.

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