If you're looking for an example of the corrosive power of hyper-consumerism, look no further than LeBron James' statement about China and the NBA. He says it's "uninformed" to speak out in favor of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
The point here isn't to blame James - who is just trying to make a (very good) living. And it's not to blame the NBA, which is a for-profit organization.
It's to understand that American corporations - from the NBA to Apple to Exxon to Facebook - are so large that they can no longer afford to reflect our national values. Because supporting democracy costs them marketshare and money.
How have they become so unmoored? Through us. The profit they've taken out of the United States over the years has been used to grow everywhere else. Every dollar we've spent with multinational corporations has been - and continues to be - an investment against democracy and freedom. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/dan-wolken/2019/10/14/lebron-james-daryl-morey-china-hong-kong-tweet/3982436002/