Emma has suggested that we look at this article and I agree: it provides a contemporary Marxist perspective on the very recent history of consumer capitalism and its crisis-ridden character. I am not sure when we will discuss it but I will resolve this issue over the next two to three weeks.
We will be looking at the Galbraith article the next time we meet, namely, on Wednesday, May 2nd, at the usual place and time. David Boston will be presenting Galbraith´s ideas on the basis of this article. The Schor and Schudson articles are also relevant.