17 Feb '12, 11am

5 Reasons Why Voting and Shopping Are Not The Same Thing

5 Reasons Why Voting and Shopping Are Not The Same Thing

2. The Consumer Mindset is a Short-term Mindset We all wear many hats—as friend, citizen, lover, spouse, activist, whatever. Of all these hats, our consumer hat is about the worst one at making long-term decisions. (With the possible exception of the "happy drunk" hat I like to wear from time to time.) When we shop, we are primarily focused on shopping—and any ethical concerns will have to compete hard for mind space. For activists to promote shopping as a primary change agent is a little like a sports team asking to play an away game in the least favorable weather conditions possible. If we want to change the world, let's focus on those areas of our lives—civic engagement; family life; community; politics—where people are predisposed to consider their choices more carefully.

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