Saturday, December 24, 2005

Capitalism's Favourite Holiday

A lot of the criticisms about Christmas focus on the fact it is a time of much consumption. I don't really have much time for an anti-consumer analysis. I don't have much time for any form of analysis that blames those without power for the problems of the world. I think any problems of 'consumerism' are capitalism's fault, not the fault of ordinary people.

But I loved the fact that the workers at Westpac went on strike and eft-pos was down two days before Christmas. I know it would have been a pain in the ass for a lot of people (and I imagine it was the retail workers who bore the brunt of it), but the idea of all that money not being spent made me giggle.

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:39 am

    always a pleasure to visit your blog, having been stripped of most of what made my life interesting and bearable by feminists of various ilks, i am a bit suspicious whenever i see the word, but i don't find that fever for steaming male entrails here, good for you, merry christmas, esteje bem!

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  2. Happy Commercial Holiday :-)

    Just surfed here from I Blame the Patriarchy, love your blog name! And dontcha just feel so proud the guy above has designated you one of those nice feminists?

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  3. I am totally honoured.

    Of course now my new goal is to be classified as an unacceptable feminist. I'm sure I can do it.

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  4. I think you already have! Check out http://www.sirhumphreys.com/lucyna/2005/12/feminism_in_communist_countries#comment-16574

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  5. Anonymous10:37 am

    Some seem to think your banner eader is a serious description of feminism. Do you think you need to make it clear for your American readers when you are employing irony?

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  6. I agree with Anonymous! I think it is more of sarcasm that irony!

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