Monday 23 June 2014 6.45pm - 8.00pm followed by drinks
GRAND COMMITTEE ROOM, WESTMINSTER HALL, LONDON, SW1A 0AA
Celebrating consumer choice
We have more consumer choice than ever before. Where once our shopping lists consisted of little more than the basics of life, now when we venture into the world of retail we can choose from a vast array of consumer products – from exotic foods to a technicolor dreamrack of clothes to a plethora of cars.
Surely we should cheer such expanded consumer options? So why are some commentators and campaigners so down about consumer choice? From academics who complain about ‘affluenza’ to a plethora of books bemoaning our ‘greed is good’ culture, it’s the in-thing to be sniffy about consumerism. At this spiked-debate, speakers offered a range of opinions on the benefits and downsides of consumer choice and the meaning of consumerism.
Listen to the full debate:
philosopher and author
Author of several books, including Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, The Ego Trick and, most recently, The Virtues of the Table, and founding editor of the Philosophers’ Magazine. Visit his website, Microphilosophy.
Journalist and author
Author of Ferraris for All: In Defence of Economic Progress and Cowardly Capitalism: The Myth of The Global Financial Casino, and a frequent contributor to the Financial Times, spiked and Fundweb. Visit his website here.
British Retail Consortium
Director general of the British Retail Consortium, responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the BRC. Helen was previously head of retail at KPMG.
- Tim BlackInterview
- Daniel Ben-AmiBooks
- Tim BlackBooks
- Helen DickinsonRetail
- Josie AppletonBooks
- Neil DavenportBooks
- Julian BagginiIkea crowds
- Harry WallopSupermarkets