consumer responsibility

Nevertheless, the industry has discovered that a benevolent part of the consuming population is willing and able to consider and decide whether a specific purchase is promoting a better life (for themselves, for society, for the world in general) or not. And it is more than willing to support these committed  customers in choosing the right stuff. What that finally comes down to is what Berlin-based philosopher Byung-Chul Han calls ‘self-exploitation’. You pay the postal charges, but if you want your package to be delivered to the addressee within a week, you better bring it yourself, since ‘to save the climate’ postal service is reduced to the minimum. If despite everything you decide to fly to your holiday resort, you can pay an extra CO2-supplement. If you don’t want all your fruit and vegetables pre-packed in plastic, you can by re-usable baggies at the checkout. And if necessary, public authorities will force you to do the right thing, such as p.e. separating plastic waste.

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grève de la faim à bruxelles

« Ces derniers jours, j’ai l’impression d’être face à une accélération brutale et mortifère : que la plupart se résignent, qu’ils espéraient jusque-là que la grève aurait une issue positive sans trop de dégâts, en se répétant « jusqu’ici tout va bien », mais maintenant, l’on commence à voir le sol approcher; et ils savent que…

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