This paper is a thoughtful examination of the origins of addiction in modern free market society. It breaks from the narrow way in which we usually think about addiction -- as excessive drug use -- to encompass any lifestyle with compulsive and destructive habits, including the compulsion for money, power, work, food, or material goods. Author Bruce Alexander, a Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, discusses why addiction is a serious and growing problem today, and looks at the links between the growth of "free markets" and the spread of addiction.
The Roots of Addiction in Free Market Society
April 30, 2001