A Washington Post piece on high-ticket consumption includes a quotation from an anthropologist who believes that "competitive consumerism may be an evolutionarily adaptive behavior". So… does that mean humanity is just a stepping stone from the chimpanzees to the Fab Five?
I'm pretty sure that you can buy at least small doses of happiness. (No, no, not those doses… although… that too.) But do I have to turn in my libertarian decoder ring if the thought of people blowing $5g on handbags while a couple billion people remain in absolute poverty turns my stomach just a bit?