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Can shopping ever be an ethical practice?
After 9/11, George W. Bush told Americans to go shopping for their country. Each year on Black Friday, consumerism reaches fever pitch. As holiday spending reaches record highs, we revisit the politics of shopping. Do we shop too much? Can consumerism ever be an ethical practice? And what about the conditions of workers in the Global South who make our latest technology and luxury goods?
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