But are we still having fun yet? The simple marketplace in the village square has become not only the shopping mall, but the advertising that assaults our attention through our radios, televisions and computers, as economists warn that if we don’t listen and respond, our economy will stall. This means in the United States, jobs will be lost or not created; worse things will happen in other countries.
As moralists deplore our spending on luxury items, low-wage workers in many nations feed their families by producing these luxury goods. I’ve had my eye on a cerulean leather purse in a catalog of Third World goods; can’t imagine paying $128 for a purse, but my purchase would be helpful to those poor people in India who raise the cattle and handcraft the purse, not to mention whatever entity in the chain of import/export gets the bulk of my purchase price.
Arlo is right about so many things: sometimes, there is no solution. This is no reason not to wish a Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah and, certainly, Peace, to men of good will.
Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is president of Citizens for Limited Taxation and a Salem News columnist.