Simple, Not Easy
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Simple, Not Easy

The Forgotten History of Conspicuous Consumption

Given that many of us have had to limit our superfluous spending as a consequence of the pandemic, I thought it would be interesting to learn about the history of conspicuous consumption.

My assumption was that the concept of “conspicuous consumption” was a modern invention, perhaps emerging from the mid-20th century after the Great Depression. It turns out that it has much deeper…

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