Affluenza


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Affluenza

1. A situation in which wealthy people find themselves unhappy. The term came to prominence in the mid-2000s, when the financial industry was doing extraordinarily well but people who worked on Wall Street or The City discovered that large bank accounts did not satisfy them at their deepest levels.

2. A slang term for greed.
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Rather, he is repudiating the rich man's feasting in the shadow of his barns of greed (12:19), the kind of affluenza that "all the nations of the world hustle after" (12:30).
David Wann, president of the Sustainable Futures Society and one of De Graaf's two co-authors on Affluenza, describes the overstimulated economy of the post-Reagan era as a "completely toxic loaf," yet he also supports the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's $550 billion economic stimulus component--both because more than $100 billion of that spending is targeted at environmental-ish initiatives and because "we don't want the whole ship to sink.
First coined by author John de Graaf to describe the American problem of over-consumption, the Australian affluenza epidemic has now been exposed by Clive Hamilton and Richard Dennis of the Australia Institute in their new book Affluenza--When too much is never enough.
Dr Clive Hamilton is co-author, with Richard Denniss, of Affluenza (Allen & Unwin 2005).
In the United States, affluenza is reflected in its many symptoms:
on Sunday, founded the Affluenza Project in Wisconsin, USA, and counsels rich families for pounds 10,000 to pounds 15,000 per day to help them come to terms with their wealth.
These bright young things even suffer from a fashionable disease: affluenza.
THE sad super-rich are forking out up to pounds 400 an hour to cure a new illness - dubbed AFFLUENZA.
A television program called Affluenza appeared on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) stations on September 15, 1997, and the show produced unexpected vigorous responses by viewers.
As we confront what may be the next depression, I hope we have a better plan than deluding people already afflicted with affluenza into new buying binges.
If so, you may be suffering from affluenza, a `disease' caused by having too much money that reduces the new, idle rich to jittery, ineffectual victims.
me/1MGQUCR ) is an original short-form web series written and directed by Antonio Macia (Holy Rollers, Affluenza, Anne B.