On Black Friday, shoppers mobbed stores in a frenzy buying the 'bargains' offered by stores, particularly the 'big box' stores. Americans demonstrated that they were still addicted to the consumerism handed to them by the marketing firms representing the large corporations. There was one case where a woman pepper sprayed her fellow shoppers to get to some cheap waffle makers. My compliments to this woman for showing what has become the hallmark of the Christmas... greed and uber consumerism. Uber consumerism is the desire for useless items for the sake of buying. (see http://wealthartisan.com/2010/04/07/uber-consumerism-explained/ .) No amount of goods satisfies those who have been drawn in by the myth created by the One Percent. It is an addiction that can never be satisfied leading a person to accumulate an increasing amount of credit.
Americans are apparently oblivious that they are giving money to the same corporations that have: laid them off, made them go into more debt to live the myth of the American Dream, handed over the majority of the profits to the corporate executives while paid the majority of workers a fraction of the wages that they deserve, and outsourced American jobs.