Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, by Benjamin R. Barber

By Benjamin R. Barber

A robust sequel to Benjamin R. Barber's best-selling Jihad vs. McWorld, Consumed deals a shiny portrait of an overproducing international financial system that goals young children as shoppers in a marketplace the place there are by no means sufficient consumers and the place the first target isn't any longer to fabricate items yet wishes. to provide an explanation for how and why this has turn up, Barber brings jointly vast empirical learn with an unique theoretical framework for realizing our modern challenge. He asserts that during position of the Protestant ethic as soon as linked to capitalism—encouraging self-restraint, getting ready for the longer term, keeping and self-sacrificing for kids and group, and different features of adulthood—we are consistently being seduced into an "infantilist" ethic of intake.

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Israeli historian Benny Morris determined May 10 as the date that Beit Daras was defeated, an account that is not consistent with Ben-Gurion’s own diaries. Morris determined that the main attack on Beit Daras was conducted by a Haganah unit known as the Givati, in an operation known as Mivtza Barak, Operation Lightning: Baroud 01 text 33 06/11/2009 14:55 3 4 my father wa s a f r e e d o m f i ght e r On 9 May, the clearing of the southern end of the Givati’s zone of control in anticipation of the Egyptian invasion began in earnest with the launching of Operation Lightning.

And Grandpa Mohammed was hardly the exception. As Palestinians were reaching the imminent conclusion of an approaching war, thus the need to prepare militarily, the Zionist leadership was finalizing a plan that dated back to May 1942 to take over the whole of Palestine. The main Zionist fighting force was the Haganah, under the command of the Jewish Agency; the latter already functioned as a government, while the former was an army. But the Haganah’s history is much more convoluted, for it had “evolved in the early days of the Mandate as an offshoot of the pre-Mandatory Hashomer (Watchman), itself descended from the secret societies of Czarist Russia.

In order for the depth of this disaster to be realized, or its nature to be fittingly appreciated, officials and humanitarian organizations required numbers, names and birth dates. Otherwise, those— purportedly—negotiating the return of the refugees or neighboring countries that were suddenly responsible for settling them, needed to know the extent of the problem or the tragedy which they were confronting. The refugees 14 Baroud 01 text 14 06/11/2009 14:55 b o r n i nto t u r m o i l 15 who found themselves stranded without homes, food, or clothing needed to certify who they were so that some aid worker in some makeshift aid station in Gaza, Lebanon, or elsewhere would give them a blanket, a scoop of powdered milk, rice and flour.

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