I buy therefore I am

I buy therefore I am

Three authors raise important questions about our relationship with the ephemera of consumer society and how consumption habits are shaped by our search for deeper meanings
Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are By Rob Walker
Does Ethics Have a Chance in a World of Consumers? By Zygmunt Bauman
The Comfort of Things By Daniel Miller

The end is nigh for Freddie and Fannie

It was the right decision. It will save the world from a financial catastrophe and it means that the absurd quasi-private structure of Fannie and Freddie can now be put to bed. This is a welcome rescue, but the events of this week highlight that we now live in a world of extreme moral hazard

Americans want to know how to fix the economy

The election may turn on it, says Mark Penn

Invasion’s ideologues: Ultra-nationalists join the Russian mainstream

Far-right arguments by previously marginalised thinkers underpin Kremlin stances on Georgia and the economy

Jobs outlook weakest for nine years

The outlook for the UK jobs market is the weakest for almost a decade with employers freezing new recruitment as business confidence plummets
The UK, however, has replaced the US as the economy considered to be at greatest risk of a severe downturn, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. More than 10,000 redundancies have been announced by UK financial services and construction-related companies since the beginning of June.
According to the Office for National Statistics vacancies in the shops, hotels and restaurants sector, including wholesalers, fell by almost 18 per cent during the three months to the end of July. Construction vacancies were down 12.6 per cent and finance and business services by 9.9 per cent.

Get to work on your trip to the office

Use the journey to indulge in ‘me time’, catch up on exercise or even to worry


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