Part 2 – THRIFT STORE SHOPPING, UGG BOOT WEARING, ANARCHIST
I am a closeted pseudo anarchist. I don’t believe in perpetual economic growth via the capitalistic excess of globalized neo-colonialism. So I say fight the power: create alternative economies like the second-hand, resale, system of Craigslist; or the formalized bartering of clothing swaps, such as Give + Take. Rediscover your youthful eco-chic op-shopping self, like Jane Bloomfield. The problem with the traditional rag trade is two fold: there are huge externalized environmental and social costs with the fashion industry, secondly there is a veritable glut of clothes in the world – more than will ever wear out.
So do the planet a favor – go Macklemore and pop those t-store tags. I don’t know if we can get alternative bartering economies to bring free market consumeristic capitalism to its knees. But we should try.
Check out what, Oystein Dahle, former Exxon Mobil Vice President for Norway and the North Sea, says about capitalism:
“Socialism collapsed because it did not allow the market to tell the economic truth. Capitalism may collapse because it does not allow the market to tell the ecological truth.”
And the cold hard UNtruth we have been made to swallow is that stuff makes us happy. But we are no happier than our parents and grandparents were in the prosperity giddy 1950’s. After our needs get met, buying more and more stuff, means working harder and harder – ultimate result is LESS happiness, MORE stress. Add to that the nasty claustrophobic feeling as you drown in all that STUFF…
Recommended reading: Ellen Ruprel Shell’s “Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture”
Photo: My 9-year-old Ugg boots, a bit of duct tape and still going strong