Biiig thanks to @TylerinCMYK, who recommended this book to me. Here’s some raw undiluted truthium-related science.
“One symptom [is that] the moral valence of debt and spending is reversed, and the multiplication of wants becomes not a sign of dangerous corruption but part of the civilizing process. That is, part of the _disciplinary_process_.” [DUN DUN DUUUUUN uncomfortably dramatic emphasis mine]
I think I got half a chub when I read that, maybe just a quarter. It was in chub-country, anyways.
The book is Shop Class as Soulcraft – An Inquiry Into The Value Of Work : Pretentiously Long Name Challenge : The Road to Jhoto and it is delightful.