Monthly Archives: May 2012

The New Arms Race

People often justify purchasing larger vehicles for safety reasons. The larger the mass, the more likely it is to just crush things in its way during a collision. The problem is that it creates an arms race where everyone just keeps buying ever-heavier vehicles in the endless quest for safety. I certainly understand the desire […]

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Experience-based Consumerism

Minimalism, and the now-fading frugality movement that had swept the nation during the great recession, has brought about this idea, by now a cliché I think, that buying stuff won’t make you happy so instead you should spend your effort and money on “experiences”. The idea goes that having more “stuff”, after basic needs are met, doesn’t […]

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The Price of Gas

It seems to me that just about nobody has the right to complain about the price of gasoline. Particularly people who waste it. I mean, people will complain about the price of fuel while they sit for ten minutes idling in their car while they wait for someone. Or people who choose to drive around […]

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