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Theoretical and Applied Economics
No. 3 / 2018 (616), Autumn

Consumerism and exclusion in a throw-away culture

Alexandru TAŞNADI
The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania
Iustin Emanuel ALEXANDRU
The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania
Gheorghe USTINESCU
The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania
Petru Ciprian BRADU
The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Abstract. Various sources draw our attention to contemporary problems such as irrational use of resources, pollution, and, even more alarming, the application of the market logic to human relations. Given this unfolding, we ask ourselves if the prevailing economic model has a human purpose. We show that consumerism, as an important feature of nowadays lifestyle, generates corruption, squandering, and addictions, which in turn lead people to an existential void, as psychiatrist Viktor Frankl put it. This being the status, we argue for a leap of conscience – a thorough consideration of how we act now and how we should behave if we want to maintain the various balances that make possible life on Earth.

Keywords: consumerism, needs, lifestyle, throw-away, conscience.

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