A new series on public radio (that you can listen to over the Internet) focuses on the consumerism of the American people. It's pretty rare that you see a business-themed program cover a topic like this, as it's examining what's pretty much the foundation of our economy: our endless need to have more "stuff". I'm going to try to listen to these segments (which are around 3 minutes long) in the coming weeks.
Something interesting in the segment I just heard was an interview with a longshoreman in California. A few years back, there was a strike and the cargo wasn't being moved. Within a week, Bush had to call everyone back to the table because shelves were starting to empty. And he also says that cargo deliveries can only increase, as our appeitite has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. Thanks to the Bru Notes for posting about this.