Directions: Are there ways that American culture promotes avarice, or greed? How do advertising, media, social media, movies, or television shows promote rampant consumerism, debt, and greed? What effect does that have on our civil society? What people and institutions can you think of that contradict that selfishness and greed?
“There’s an honest graft, and I’m an example of how it works. I might sum up the whole thing by sayin‘: ‘I seen my opportunities and I took ’em.’ ”
–GEORGE W. PLUNKITT, 1905