‘Those who rule society promote our dependency, they do everything in their power to cultivate a taste for luxury, to deceive us into thinking that more luxury will make us feel sexy and satisfied. In doing so, they distract us from thinking about the real matters that condition our lives. You can walk into any electronics store and choose from a dizzying number of smartphones. How many choices can you make about the government that represents you, the use of the tax moneys that it claims from you, the laws to which you are bound?’
– Susan Neiman, Why Grow Up.