Post-consumerism infrequently suggests that all manufacturing should cease as there are already enough cars, 'phones, teddy bears,etc. That construction in the developed world should cease as it destroys valuable arable land and aquifers. That employment could be self-created, involving a return to smallholder farming; whereby each person can produce enough for his/her family's needs without subjecting him/herself to anybody. An idea relating back to the original liberal rights of ownership as spoken by Jean-Jacques Rousseau when he refers to the third condition of ownership when he says "possession must be taken, not by an empty ceremony, but by labour and cultivation, the only sign of proprietorship that should be respected by others". Rousseau emphasizes that smallholder agriculture as the only form of legitimate ownership.
Post-consumerism can also be viewed as moving beyond the current model of addictive consumerism, rather than suggesting that all manufacturing should cease. This personal and societal strategy utilizes each individual's core values to identify the "satisfaction of enough for today," per the website of Postconsumers.
- Garrett Hardin. The Tragedy of the Commons.