Every week I find myself enjoying the side trips I have to take to research my posts and to follow up on links sent to me from the posts I spend my time reading. This week at the tip top of my list is this item from the alternet on the addictive nature of consumerism. Charlie Shaw writes in his review of last year’s documentary, What a Way To go, that,
Through a pastiche of revolutionary thinkers including Derrick Jensen, Daniel Quinn, Jerry Mander, Richard Manning and Chellis Glendinning, What A Way To Goconcludes that industrial civilization — and its end product, consumerism — has disconnected us from nature, the cycle of life, our communities, our families and, ultimately, ourselves. This unnatural, inorganic, materialistic way of living, coupled with a marked decline in society’s moral and ethical standards — what the French call anomie — has created a kind of pathology that produces pain and emptiness, for which addictive behavior becomes the primary symptom and consumption the preferred drug of choice.
There isn’t a day that goes by that Trent at The Simple Dollar doesn’t reach into his grab bag of writing ideas and come up with some gold. This rumination on the State of the Economy is no different. In this post he covers two sides of the issue in a discussion of eight questions about the state of our current economy and how it affects you. By defining the Fed as the banker of banks he is able to talk about what it has been doing and how this has been rippling out in a series of waves to deal with sub-prime lending, the banking system and with you.
What I love about this poster is her absolutely eclectic approach to understanding and illustrating personal finance. This post on Singing the Sub-Prime Blues is no different.
Another writer who bears watching is Kathy G at the aptly named blog, the G-Spot, and this week is no different as she continued her explanation of the history of a two party system on people’s income. Her postition that the party in power makes a difference to what you and I earn leaves little doubt as to the direction we need to be thinking in this next election.
Since the emphasis this week was on figuring out what to do in the current economy to keep one’s personal finance balance, I thought paying a visit to JD at Get Rich Slowly wouldn’t hurt. This review of high yield savings account for holding your emergency fund just about cover it all.
The final stop on this week’s tour is one of my favorite places for getting clear and accurate definitions, How Stuff Works, where I took a little time to clarify for myself how savings accounts are really supposed to work.
Well, that’s all for now. See you next weekend.