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Consumptionomics by Chandran Nair

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Decisions, conflicts

Throughout history, humans have recognized that their individual rights are not absolute. In particular, people have accepted that at times of duress, they may have to surrender their freedoms and work for a common good. Even under normal circumstances, sacrifices and restraint may also be called for, as establishing and maintaining a stable society requires people to consider the impact their actions could have on others.

Such notions have been replaced. Particularly in the West, entitlement rights and the pursuit of self-interest are the prevailing beliefs. No longer do people need to adapt themselves to the needs of society or others. Instead, things must be changed to suit them. Consequently, even under a threat so severe ...

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