On Money and Freedom

“But they have the right to do what they want with their own money,” Mr. Bates objected. “That’s what I mean by freedom.”

“I see,” Mr. Magundi replied. “So you think that having more money entitles you to more freedom. It’s an interesting extension of capitalist logic. In fact, now that I think about it, it seems like an obvious conclusion. In a consumerist society, freedom is a commodity like any other. If you have unlimited funds, you can buy all the freedom you want. If you have a little extra to spend, you can buy enough freedom to get you through the weekend. But if you’re just making enough to keep a roof over your head, you can’t afford luxuries—no freedom for you.”


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