No “anti-concept” launched by the “liberals” goes so far so crudely as the
[conservatives’] tag “consumerism.” It implies loudly and clearly that the
status of “consumer” is separate from and superior to the status of “producer”;
it suggests a social system dedicated to the service of a new aristocracy which
is distinguished by the ability to “consume” and vested with a special claim on
the caste of serfs marked by the ability to produce.