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Behind the gross consumerism can be something special

Behind the gross consumerism can be something special

Each Christmas, even as we watch our children unwrap the toys and gadgets that some faceless multinational corporation or other sneakily persuaded them to want, we worry that we're spoiling the next generation and debasing the noble spirit of the holidays. Where is the peace on Earth and goodwill toward men and all that Christmas carol stuff? we ask ourselves. And if we don't, there's doubtless someone around to scold us: All you do is buy more and more crap!

Yes, yes — the holiday season in the United States is a consumerist orgy and our young'uns are indulged to an absurd degree. And sure, it's disturbing that monopolist toy companies control...

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