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Bruce K. Alexander : The Roots of Addiction in Free Market Society

"In order for "free markets" to be "free," the exchange of labour, land, currency, and consumer goods must not be encumbered by elements of psychosocial integration such as clan loyalties, village responsibilities, guild or union rights, charity, family obligations, social roles, or religious values. Cultural traditions "distort" the free play of the laws of supply and demand, and thus must be suppressed. In free market economies, for example, people are expected to move to where jobs can be found, and to adjust their work lives and cultural tastes to the demands of a global market. People who cannot achieve psychosocial integration develop "substitute" lifestyles. Substitute lifestyles entail excessive habits including-but not restricted to-drug use, and social relationships that are not sufficiently close, stable, or culturally acceptable to afford more than minimal psychosocial integration. People who can find no better way of achieving psychosocial integration cling to their substitute lifestyles with a tenacity that is properly called addiction." see also : The Big Mac Index

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Colin Muller : ←  → The dict-ified word of the day is bucolic