Critiques of affluenza go deeper than puritanical dismay at the aggressive vulgarity of materialism. The centrepiece of the argument is that we are obsessed privately with more income and better goods, and collectively with "growth" and "progress". Yet all the scholarly work on well-being shows that after passing a benchmark of real deprivation, greater prosperity does not lead to increased happiness.
Anne Manne, "Sell Your Soul And Spend, Spend, Spend," Syndey Morning Herald, April 14, 2003
Tom Shales, "Rough Cuts From Ann," The Washington Post, October 25, 1979
[W]e poor wretches have come disorders we can be proud of, too. In fact, the worst of all may be one I find myself afflicted with from time to time. That would be affluenza — the morbid desire to contract a severe case of dysgradia.
—Ray Orrock, “Burdens of the loaded,“ The Argus (Fremont, California), July 6, 1973
sudden loss of wealth syndrome
sudden wealth syndrome