Friday, December 23, 2016
[1947 - John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain, William Shockley invent the transistor]
Here on the brink of the holiday that celebrates the birth of one who rejected the material life, pursued not financial gain, and drove the early financial services industry out of the temple, we see at last the true religion of our society: Consumerism. As good Americans we celebrate Christmas with an orgy of consumer activity that revolves around a spirit of 'shop till you drop.' It might work for me if all that shopping had not turned deadly on Black Friday, the traditional beginning of the Christmas shopping season in 2008.
Somehow, the image of that poor fellow who was trampled to death by a herd of crazed shoppers at a Long Island Wal-Mart still hangs like a huge question mark over this holiday season. I suppose no one really knows how many shoppers stepped over his body in the rush to seize their precious bargains before the store ran out. I can't think of any material thing in my life that I wanted that badly or needed that much. I guess it isn't so much a question mark as it is an exclamation point at the end of the answer to the question: "What is the underlying cause of the economic meltdown that marked that fateful Christmas of 2008?"
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