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'Impulse Society' blames hyper-capitalism for America's social ills
'Impulse Society' blames hyper-capitalism for America's social ills

Paul Roberts is disappointed and his disquiet is boundless. Facebook, General Motors, Wall Street, Carl Icahn, credit cards, same-day delivery, Netflix, sport utility vehicles, Wal-Mart, Big Data, Twitter, the Tea Party and jogging all add to his dismay. In his new book, "The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification," Roberts contends they are all connected because "the market and Self are becoming one." U.S. capitalism has become too good at delivering what Americans want, and does not even try to provide what they need. It was not meant to be. Sociologists predicted rising material prosperity would lead the nation to excel at love and community...

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