Thursday, September 09, 2004

$2,079 per Year on Entertainment

How much do Americans spend on entertainment on the average annually? In 2002, it was $2,079, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics ("Consumer Expenditures in 2002," November 21, 2003). Can American workers be induced to spend one hundredth of the sum -- $20.79 -- on politics instead, advancing their own working-class agenda?

You think politics isn't as fun as movies, video games, and spectator sports? Wait until you win. The triumph of an action hero on screen or a baseball team that you root for gives you merely vicarious satisfaction. The victory of a political party or ballot initiative that you support, in contrast, gives you more than the same vicarious satisfaction -- it will yield a financial return on your investment in the future.

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