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By Jane Velez-Mitchell

Americans are being lured into habit. And what we are addicted to is not unavoidably unlawful or perhaps challenging to come back by means of. Prescription medicines are making us excessive. quick foodstuff is making us fats. the web retains us always distracted with every little thing from playing and porn to compulsive social networking. tv bombards us with glamorized violence. From billboards, to on-line pop ups, to advertisements. . . we are seduced into procuring extra stuff we do not want whereas we drown in turning out to be debt. giant gains fill the wallet of a handful of 'pushers' on the price of everybody else. companies, executive, and the media are developing the appearance that the extra we have now, the higher we're, and so we crave no matter what they are promoting and turn into hooked on their items within the strategy. americans are being seduced into self-destructivebehavior on a mass scale. it is time to take our strength again. In her trademark no-holds-barred type, Jane Velez-Mitchell asks, 'Do you really need to be a slave, latest simply to make another individual wealthy and powerful?' If the answer's no, then learn this booklet. Addict state is our blueprint for swap, yet first we needs to see what's quite occurring. this is often an intervention!

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We’re always adjusting to the shifting sands of cultural attitudes. Simply put, America lurches from addiction to addiction, stamping out one bad habit only to see others take its place. When Enough People Are Hooked, It Crosses the Line into a Social Contagion Our entire nation is addicted to a slew of self-destructive, compulsive actions. You may be thinking, Well, that’s why we have the government, the media, and—yes—even big business. They help us fight these terrible social plagues. FUHGEDDABOUDIT!

We move in groups from one behavioral landscape to another. We’re always adjusting to the shifting sands of cultural attitudes. Simply put, America lurches from addiction to addiction, stamping out one bad habit only to see others take its place. When Enough People Are Hooked, It Crosses the Line into a Social Contagion Our entire nation is addicted to a slew of self-destructive, compulsive actions. You may be thinking, Well, that’s why we have the government, the media, and—yes—even big business.

If I’m thundering toward a sharp cliff, I may feel safer if I’m part of a huge herd doing the same thing. But in reality, it simply means we’re all going to die. After the real-estate bubble burst, the cult of consumerism started feeling more like the 1970s killer cult of Jim Jones. Most addicts don’t ponder the cost or consequences of their habit. Getting their next fix is always priority number one, so very few addicts seriously plan for the future. Most Americans live in complete denial about how much they will need to live decently in retirement.

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