The sport utility vehicle (SUV) is perhaps the most conspicuous of all categories of conspicuous consumption
, and the growth of SUV sales (from 2 percent of U.
While, for some, the encouragement of the private sector has created wealth and opportunities for often conspicuous consumption
, it has failed for others, in particular the lower middle classes and the landless rural population.
The energy of New York, as Tung writes, has come from building ever taller, ever more populous buildings: "It is the speculative developer's dream; a place of conspicuous consumption
and enormous wealth [that] will sustain buildings of almost any height imaginable.
The government representing a political compromise between landed and business interests cannot suppress the wasteful management of landed estates and the conspicuous consumption
on th e part of the aristocracy, cannot suppress monopolistic abuses, profiteering, capital flights, and extravagant living on the part of businessmen.
Despite the budget plans, more often than not, proms remain a competition of conspicuous consumption
For half a century the nation has quietly had to endure Margaret's conspicuous consumption
, her arrogance and her monstrous self-indulgence.
Might bumper stickers make a comeback in this age of conspicuous consumption
of expensive cars and vanity license plates?
We know that a penchant for conspicuous consumption
can endanger one's financial health.
What's interesting is that Kaplan clomps along after the trend, whining about the corrupting influence of conspicuous consumption
The less we spend on conspicuous consumption
goods, the better we can afford to alleviate [traffic] congestion; the more time we can devote to family and friends, to exercise, sleep, travel, and other restorative activities; and the better we can afford to maintain a clean and safe environment.
Indeed, until this modern era of conspicuous consumption
, most weddings were simple, at-home affairs attended only by close friends and family.
It's more a case of conspicuous consumption
and trying to choose a vacation that will impress others.