The battle for Britain’s story

The story: An experiment in inequality that became an accepted version of events.

Britain, over the last 37 years, has been the subject of “the most amazingly interesting natural experiment… Some country had to go and do the thing of saying ‘what happens if we go from being one of the most equal countries to the most unequal country in Europe'” according to Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography.… Read more

Review: The Men Who Made Us Spend. Putting the con into consumerism?

In The Men Who Made Us Spend BBC TV programmes, journalist Jacques Peretti presents his evidence, and offers no simple solutions.Read more

The Men Who Made Us Spend: More information, links, quotes and notes from the BBC TV programme

In The Men Who Made Us Spend BBC TV series, journalist Jacques Peretti examines consumerism. The three thought-provoking programmes explore, in order, how product lifespan, fear and children are used to drive consumption.Read more

In quotes: The origins of consumerism and the work ethic

Over the years many documents have surfaced that may explain the origins of our society’s apparently all-pervading consumerism. On this page I’m going to try and list some of the important sources that may give us some insight into the origins  of consumerism and the work ethic.Read more