21st-century DJs: Spinning Beyond the Post-Capitalist Dream

What does music say about our consumerist culture?


Laura Foley recounts the embarrassment of visibility and the joys of risk-taking.

Raising Minimalist Teenagers In An Age Of Consumerism

The age of consumerism has been going on for quite a while. The question is, how do you raise kids to think outside of the social norm and understand being a minimalist? — This is an article by Joshua Becker “We always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap.” ~ Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn Four years […]

The Shock of My Life… 2016 in the U.S.A.

After living in Peru for nearly a decade, Jim Killon was shocked to discover the excess lifestyle he encountered in the U.S.

When Men Need Surgery: How Do You Shop For It?

Shopping for consumer friendly surgery packages shouldn’t be an exercise in futility.

How to Want Very Little

It’s okay to want things. But what if you were satisfied with simply acknowledging your desire and not acting on it?

The False Conflict of Starbucks and the Red Cups

Halloween is barely over, and we’re sparring about this ongoing, fictional “War on Christmas” because of the color of Starbucks cups. Is this real life?

Being an Ethical Consumer

Patrick Paglen explains how we are ethically accountable for the spending choices we make. “That was an interesting encounter,” my friend observed as we came out of the service station. He was paying for gas for our car trip, when he ran into someone he had not seen since he was a teenager – not […]

A Minimalist in NYC

Leo Babauta asserts that you can be a minimalist anywhere. All you need to do is reject consumerism, and learn to be content with little.

Can You Live Without?

It’s time for people to question the necessity of ‘things.’

Don’t Feed the Machine: Give the Gift of Presence This Year

The machine of capitalism is hungry. Are you willing to stop feeding it, at least for a little bit? Doug Zeigler ponders valuing things over presence.

10 Essentials

Leo Babauta on consumerism — and how you really don’t need it to be happy.

We Are Not Consumers

Leo Babauta wants to help you break away from the consumerist mindset.

Consume! On Bros and Defining the American Dream

The real issue with male apathy toward education is how it’s framed. It’s a language problem.

The Making of a Wild Child

Get your child in the wild and the wild in your child because kids are natural in nature!

The True Cost of Stuff

The cost of purchasing an item just scratches the surface.