First of all....the very title of this thread assumes you can have an "economy" without consumption....without the law that governs...supply & demand. secondly....If you want to bring the Good Book into the discussion I suggest you study Austrian Economics
first explained by St Thomas Aquinas in the 1400s. Over 500 years ago economists were debating the laws that govern money and how it affects and is affected by consumption.....supply & demand.
It's very basic....very easy...
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... -buy-stuff ....seriously....click on this link for the best explaination.
Put the credit cards away and live within your means....consume only what you can pay for. I for one, don't want to bail out thousands or millions of people who bought more house than they could afford....put all the furnishings on credit cards @ 18%.....and then blame someone else when the bubble burst. Hello??