The people who say “don’t give in to consumerism, don’t buy new if you can repair, don’t waste, grow your own, dig for victory, save, don’t travel, be frugal“ by same reason are also often anti-austerity… Don’t you see a contradiction?
I don’t like mindless overspending but it bothers me that every time I’won’t buy, somebody actually won’t earn. And if I won’t buy from some far away people they could actually starve (compare with the results of local producers loosing a part of their income). And if trade and travel seize, the connections will be broken and the world will become smaller and more hostile, perhaps.
Is the money economy going or just changing? Even if it is to go it can’t go overnight.
I can’t make my mind either…