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    This is free market- you aren't forced to purchase anything, and you can shop around freely for what you want.

    and that's the influence of advertising. Yes, yes, I know no one here is ever influenced by advertising to want things or feels like they are forced to buy things, but the truth is, if advertising didn't work, it wouldn't be so ubiquitous.

    You aren't free, for example, to buy a good soy bean mill, or a tef mortar, unless you live in Japan or Ethiopia. Why not? Our culture does not support doing those things in our kitchens, so the tools are not available.

    You can argue that you don't want those things (and that's a generic "you", not you personally) but, at least in part, it may be because you've never heard of them and have no idea what they are for (although you can make a good guess from their translated into English name.)

    We live in a culture, everyone does, and our culture and its unspoken assumptions pushes us to do and to buy in ways we think are free, but are highly influenced by forces outside ourselves.

    Good morning! and ::hugggggggggggggggggggggs::

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Sat Mar 13, 2010 at 05:30:35 AM PST

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