“The market economy is driven by the desire to consume and possess, and this is a major factor in the ecological crisis. Not giving but consuming is the operative ethic. Not “I think, therefore I am,” but “I consume, therefore I am” is the logic of late modernity. For this consumer mentality, the goal is to maximize one’s possession and use of the world’s goods. Not only things but even persons and relationships are turned into commodities. Jacques Derrida raises the question whether it is even possible to give a gift in a world determined by the principle of commodity exchange. what is called a gift is really a contract to receive something in return.” ~Daniel Migliore
This is extremely densely packed with unstated references. I detect Guy Debord, Max Weber, Jacques Lacan, Fredric Jameson, Marcel Mauss, and of course, Karl Marx. Anything I missed?