In a piece published by the New York Times, writing fellow Stephanie Land explores the role that class plays in the minimalist movement. She writes that, for many Americans, a minimalist life is an economic necessity and not a lifestyle choice. For those struggling to get by, living with even less is neither desirable nor possible.
She also writes that the perception of deal-hunting Black Friday shoppers as examples of the evils of consumerism shames low-income shoppers who need sales to be able to afford otherwise unattainable items. Ultimately, she argues that low-income families do not stand to benefit from the minimalist movement.
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