The Theory of the Leisure Class
ISBN10: 1169294723 ISBN13: 9781169294721 Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Published: Sep 10 2010 Pages: 226 Language: English
Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure. As wealth accumulates on his hands, his own unaided effort will not avail to sufficiently put his opulence in evidence by this method. The aid of friends and competitors is therefore brought in by resorting to the giving of valuable presents and expensive feasts and entertainments.