Consumption society

More and more articles will be produced, more and more factories will be built. No one now asks, ‘How many articles are needed?’ as was formerly the case, when the tailors in the town only made a suit when someone ordered it. The need then determined the numbers to be made; but now they are produced for the market; the various wares are piled up as much as possible. [….] Things are now produced for the market regardless of the amount required […] – all that is produced is piled up in warehouses and governed by the money market, and then the producers wait to see how many are bought. This tendency will grow greater and greater until it destroys itself…

Source: Rudolf Steiner- GA 153 – The Inner Nature of Man and Life Between Death and Rebirth – Lecture 6 – Vienna April 14, 1914

Translated by Harry Collison