It's like going into
a room and forgetting what you came for, except in this case it's the
whole culture, forgetting. We forget to ask, "What's an economy
for?" En route to a brand new American millennium, we got detoured.
Price tags and bar codes began to coat the surfaces of our lives, as
every single activity became a transaction. Eating, entertainment, socializing,
health, even religion - all became marketable commodities.