Ernst G. Frankel

professor emeritus

Ernst G. Frankel is professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


  • Consumption is encouraged by government, business, and even our social leaders. It teaches children the wrong values, pollutes the environment, affects health and health costs, and ultimately life expectancy.

    Most importantly, it distorts values and priorities. Unbridled consumption is not a virtue but a disease that should not be encouraged by our leaders. We must recognize that consumption alone is not a measure or standard of living or wellbeing, particularly if it pollutes the environment and affects health.

    • Survival and Revival of the American Dream (2013), pp. 33-34