Matthew Hilton


On his book Prosperity for All: Consumer Activism in an Era of Globalization

Cover Interview of October 18, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Who should get to participate in consumer society.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“For all the problems confronting affluent societies seemingly dominated by excessive and unsustainable consumption, for the majority of the world’s population, mere access to a world of goods is still a legitimate desire.”

On the second:

“We must see consumer society as a political subject that affects us all; not simply a moral dilemma facing those who pretend they’d like to downsize.”