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Capitalism Doesn't Cause Consumerism — Governments Do

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02/14/2019Ryan McMaken

It's government — not markets — that intervene to "stimulate" ever greater amounts of spending and consumption. A healthy market economy, meanwhile, relies on both saving and spending.

Original Article: "Capitalism Doesn't Cause Consumerism — Governments Do".

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