An Inclusive Litany


From a review of Nobel Prize-winning novelist José Saramago's new book, The Cave, in the New York Times, November 28, 2002:
In José Saramago's nightmare vision, the Western world is a commercial anaconda devouring life and substituting itself in life's place. The slogan displayed on the giant billboards is neo-Orwellian: "We would sell you everything you need, but we would prefer you to need what we have to sell." This is capitalist instead of Stalinist mind control, enforced by its easy allure and reinforced by security guards and cameras.

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