Burghers, Burglars, and Masturbators: The Sovereign Spender in the Age of Consumerism

@article{Bennett1999BurghersBA,
  title={Burghers, Burglars, and Masturbators: The Sovereign Spender in the Age of Consumerism},
  author={David Bennett},
  journal={New Literary History},
  year={1999},
  volume={30},
  pages={269 - 294}
}
If we follow the dictates of reason we try to acquire all kinds of goods, we work in order to increase the sum of our possessions . . . use all means to get richer and to possess more. Our status in the social order is based on this sort of behaviour. But when the fever of sex seizes us we behave in the opposite way. We recklessly draw on our strength and sometimes in the violence of passion we squander considerable resources to no real purpose. . . . [W]e always want to be sure of the… 
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