The “festive season” is certainly a time for rejoicing for the owners of big business. By pressurising the rest of us to spend vast amounts of money on things we don’t really need these capitalists, such as Philip Greed and Richard Branson, make enormous profits for themselves. But what about the impact of Christmas on ordinary people?
PERSUADING US TO SPEND
Manufacturers and retailers spend billions of pounds on advertising campaigns to get us to buy more things and new things. They want to persuade us that we must have the latest models of smartphones and other electronic gadgets even though the ones we have work perfectly well. But do we really need many of these products? If we really did then surely there would be no need to try to persuade us we do?
Food producers and retailers pressurise us to overeat, especially at Christmas, and this has bad effects on our health. Growing numbers of people are obese and this brings about serious illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. This increases demands on our overstretched National Health Service.
SINKING INTO DEBT
To buy expensive presents people run up enormous deficits on their credit cards. The temporary pleasure these purchases may bring will quickly be replaced by the misery of struggling to pay off debts increasing at very high rates of interest. It is the owners of finance companies and banks who are the ones having a very Merry Christmas!
NEEDS AND WANTS
In Britain today many people live in real need. They are hungry and have to go the food banks; they are in expensive, overcrowded and sub-standard housing and they rely on charity shops for their clothes. At the same time we are encouraged to want a lot of things we don’t really need and which don’t really make us happy. The religion now worshipped at Christmas is consumerism, the belief that possessing ever more material goods will bring us fulfilled lives. It’s a lie.
PARENTS AND CHILDREN
Many parents work long hours to afford the expensive presents they think their children need. Very often this means less time in which parents and children are together. But what children need is more time with their parents and not more costly high-tech gadgets. As the Beatles sang, “Money can’t buy me love.”
PROFITS OR WELL-BEING?
Living under capitalism families are working longer hours not so much for their own welfare but to make big profits for the owners of large corporations. Production is organised to maximise money profits and not to bring about the welfare of everyone.
This why we need to get rid of this oppressive, exploitative capitalist system under which we live and replace it with socialism, a humane society under the control of all of its members working together to ensure the mutual welfare and happiness of everyone.