“Selfish capitalism is bad for your health”

Ok, if all the news and stories of increased poverty and social suffering, exploitation of workers, dispossession of peoples from their lands, laid-off people, collapsing ecosystems haven’t convinced you yet, here’s finally a reason to rethink your values: “Growth in materialism is taking a toll on mental wellbeing.” A recent book The Selfish Capitalist – Origins of Affluenza by Oliver James argues, based on WHO studies, that selfish capitalism has resulted in a startling increase of mental illness in both children and adults since the 1970s. And those suffering most are, for some reason, the Anglos, or the English-speaking capitalist nations.

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