A couple more quotes from Dorothy Sayer

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The bread and bones and scraps of fat that littered the dustbins – not only of the rich, but of the poor?

The advertisements imploring  and exhorting and cajoling and menacing and bullying us to glut ourselves with things we did not want, in the name of snobbery and idleness and sex appeal?

the fierce international scramble to find in helpless and backward nations a market on which to fob off all the superfluous rubbish which the inexorable machines ground out hour by hour, to create money and to create employment?

What is going to happen when the factories stop turning out armaments? No nation has yet found a way to keep the machines running and whole nations employed under modern industrial conditions without wasteful consumption. For a time, a few nations could contrive to keep going by securing a monopoly of production and forcing their waste products on to new and untapped markets. When there are no new markets and all nations are industrial producers, the only choice we have been able to envisage so far has been that between armaments and unemployment.

plus ca change – you have to ask where we have got to when the defining element in the choice of mobile phone (sic) is the availability of different coloured plastic covers

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