Another name might be how to gull, of be gulled, or perhaps, the truths of excessive consumption.
The author flits through various areas: gems( how to fake, using an oven, and some crazy glues like substance)/diamonds (well Glitter and Greed, by Janine Roberts is better) /gold/wines(methylene glycol used to sweeten wines (also in, antifreeze) or orthno-chlorine a direct causal factor in brain cancer, used as a pesticide for grapes; foods, exotic clothing (shawls out of chiru wool (takes 3 dead antelope to make, and 5 for a man's scarf);
Well, you get the drift.
The writing is jocular, almost sarcastic, but easy to read, even though one can find the humor one also finds it a bit tedious
"R.T. Naylor is economics professor at McGill. More importantly, you might call him a neo-muckraker, a man bent on afflicting the too comfortable (besides a compelling interest in black markets, terrorism and other criminal pursuits). Crass Struggle, as the title suggests, is a passionate, highly researched screed about the excesses, the vast excesses, of the super-rich. And its about the effects of what Naylor clearly sees as an obscene pursuit of wealth. It’s about class and greed and lying and political manipulation and social dislocation and tax evasion and environmental devastation and the endless financial scandals that plague modern capitalist society. And of course, its about how another sort of trickle-down effect, how the lifestyles of the rich and famous are emulated in miniature by wanna-have-mores. That, at least, is Naylor’s thoroughly dispiriting reading of the way we live now."
Globe and Mail June 17 2011
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