I'm not sure if this is the proper place for this thread but several other threads have come to the conclusion (or maybe just I have...) that the root of social ills is over-consumption. We vote with our dollars (euros, etc). When we buy something, we are telling the corporation that their advertising works and that they should make more of what we bought. We tell retailers that we accept their business practices and we tell the people around us that this item meets our standards. Depending on how they view you, they may want the item more or less after you purchase one. Every purchase that we make has a ripple effect that spreads throughout the rest of the economy. What would you be willing to give up for overall economic improvement? I'm not debating what would happen or going into the "if you don't buy people lose jobs" side of things, simply wondering what other people prioritize and consider a "luxury" in these well below luxury times.
For me, it's eating in restaurants. Despite my healthy ideals, not having to wash dishes is often the highlight of my day. With the money I spend I could easily buy the uber-dishwasher but there's something bratty about other people fetching your food. I could buy all organic local food for the price of a good meal out but I do it anyway. This is my guilty consumer pleasure that I know I should give up. What's yours?