privacy, celebrity, globalization Dennett Seabright Veblen Re: track paper $$ German central bank chief bashes effort to abolish 500-euro note

From the dawn of humanity people have been tracked 24×7 with nothing private, and usually ruled by a king.
Book price deflation and libraries allowed people read and think more privately.
Cities, clubs, theaters, colleges, allowed them to talk more frequently in private.
But electronics and computers are returning us to the norm, partly.
People are paying $ to get people to spy on them.
Many prefer celebrity over privacy, probably most, hence facebook, etc.
And they want everybody to know what they bought, hence Rolex, Porsche, Polo, luxury goods for the sake of luxury.

People need a lot of tracking to preserve their rights.
Not allowing people to steal your money is a start.
Not allowing human trafficking, drugs, and other trackable illegality would also help.
Product recalls, warranties, proof of purchase, etc.
Use electronics to protect the sheeple and help them achieve their goals, as well as reduce their privacy.


Conspicuous consumption is the spending of money on and the acquiring of luxurygoods and services to publicly display economic power — of the income or of the accumulated wealth of the buyer. To the conspicuous consumer, such a public display ofdiscretionary economic power is a means either of attaining or of maintaining a givensocial status.

The development of Thorstein Veblen’s sociology of conspicuous consumption produced the term invidious consumption, the ostentatious consumption of goods that is meant to provoke the envy of other people; and the term conspicuous compassion, the deliberate use of charitable donations of money in order to enhance the social prestigeof the donor, with a display of superior socio-economic status


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