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Wake up and smell the Starbucks

Wake up and smell the….Starbucks. Sounds odd huh? Well, it may not sound odd in a few years. Product placement is a small example of the marketization of our culture.

In the book Is the American Dream Killing You? How the Markets Rule our Lives Paul Stiles explores how Capitalism and unabated Free Markets have destroyed the American Dream. The market is unrelenting, driving Americans into further spirals of debt, work and detachment.

The book lays bare the issues created in a culture where celebrities rule, financial concerns outweigh morals and the media has more influence than our nation’s greatest minds. The current housing crisis makes this book a very timely read, but don’t expect a feel good ending.

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