I agree, to some extent, with their decrying of the emphasis on “stuff.” There is nothing particularly conservative about conspicuous consumption or materialism.
Never have understood why they encourage Mexicans or Mongolians to express pride in their country and heritage but denounce Americans for doing so.
Evan Sayet explains it, if you’re interested.
I don’t think the message purely about getting “stuff”. It’s more indicative of our culture to innovate, strive and succeed. Those things are good for the human soul and those are among the things that make us exceptional.
It's what you replace conspicuous consumption with that really matters.
I also don’t agree with the cultural emphasis on buying ‘stuff’. I leave that up to the individual, but I can still criticize it as on a cultural value basis if I want to.
But here is the difference. Liberals use ‘stuff’ to define equality (or rather lack of equality) and use ‘stuff’ to engender all manner of ENVY in the less-stuff class. They define ‘stuff’ as wealth when wealth is something completely different
Also, they aren’t against ‘stuff’, they just want you to buy the kind of ‘stuff’ they approve of.
And as the article pointed out, their hero Krugman is ALL THE TIME promoting mass consumption of ‘stuff’ as the be all and end all of economic ‘growth’. That is literally all he talks about day in and day out.
So yeah ... the hypocrisy ... it burns.