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    modern day plague of materialism and over consumption is straining our personal lives and families, eroding our communities, and destroying the environment. brought on by the impact of media, it affects all aspects of your life, buying habits even who you vote for. According to the movie about Affluenza, materialism is a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than any spiritual values. Also according to google research the word materialism has been used in modern

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    Materialism is the act of considering tangible possessions to be more important than other values in a person’s life. Some believe that Americans are too materialists but others argue that there is a more significant meaning behind a purchase. In a Conversation about materialism in the American culture, Henry Thoreau, John Galbraith, Juliet Schor, and Wendell Berry defend the position that Americans are too materialistic while Phyllis Rose, Joan Smith, and Virginia Postrel argue for the opposing

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    Society is buying objects we do not need, with the money we do not have, to impress people that do not matter. The American Dream is developing into a more materialistic world, a dream in which the dream keeps getting larger and greedier. Materialism is the tendency to think material objects are more important than people; a desire for money over ethics. Today, life shows us that people have a desire for newest, thinnest, updated—most expensive smartphone or the more expensive lavish materials.

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    thought of ownership of the finest materials brings pride upon ourselves. Today, materialism is considered normal for Americans because things are handed to us, but materialism is causing us to miss out on the real life experiences. Although materialism is developed overtime, children are being raised on the idea that expensive stuff defines your success as Clark says in his essay, “They find that private materialism has risen since the 1960s among the young.” As parents are becoming materialistic

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    American Materialism

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    This topic required a lot of reflection on my part, while I don’t necessarily find it detrimental that Americans tend to define success through materialistic means, I do find that it saddens me to think that as a culture we are more obsessed with ensuring our possessions are top priority rather than the people that we interactor act with on a daily basis, or the people we see on the street who are in need. I think this type of view point narrows our ability as a society, it can place emphasis on

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    the West Coast or popular music or dances that were popular to people in Los Angeles were popular in New York. For the first time more people lived in cities than countryside and for many young people their dream was to live in the big city. Many Americans having extra money were able to but mass made products like clothes and electric refrigerators. Also they were able to

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    turned to the stock market (Garraty 426). The materialistic greed within Americans led them to recklessly buy thousands of stocks in hopes securing more money, but the greed they had brought about the stock market crash which led America and the rest of the industrialized world straight into the Great Depression. The poverty and the suffering that came along with the economic depression showed how harmful greed and materialism can

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    A Philosophical Perspective on the Regulation of Business ABSTRACT: The paper compares the Anglo-American and continental legal systems in parallel with a comparison of the philosophical foundations for each. The defining philosophical distinction between the two legal traditions (viz., the Anglo-American system is predicated on idealism and the continental system on materialism) is shown to influence the way in which criminal justice is handled by the two systems as applied to citizens, and how

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    There are many Americans that spend their money on too many things not essential to the preservation of our lives and health. Money that we spend on upgrading to a new TV or more fashionable up to date clothing could be donated to one of a number of charitable agencies and can mean the difference between life and death for children in need. Peter Singer agrees with these statements and wrote an essay about it. He describes how most of us would rather spend $200 on dining out in one month, and that

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    The American Dream has held a special place in the hearts of patriots since the very founding of America in 1776. It has been a subject of many authors who grapple with its attainability, and is a beacon of hope gazed upon by victims of circumstance. The Dream has been interpreted by great minds in various ways, and has been deemed both an evil deception and a great promise of a better life. However, the American Dream has morphed from this promise of opportunities and second chances--in fact, it

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