Oh, I agree with you that my "consumer shaming" was silly.
You can't just say, after-the-fact, 'oh sorry' / 'just kidding' / 'it was silly'.
You *often* slight the consumer, even though none of us *chose* to be born into capitalism, and to have innate biological and social needs for material *consumption*, as for food and housing, etc.
But so was the "Oh, to have $70,000 would make everyone's lives so much better" line that someone else wrote, that provoked my evocation of how silly this could be. That a numerical amount of cash or diamonds... isn't a solution, so much as a sign of what the central problem might be ( (luxury-worshipping by narcissists).
Again you're being moralistic over consumption -- what if, crazy idea here, someone decided to pay rent on *multiple* locations simultaneously, endlessly -- ? That could *easily* chew through $70k a year, and could readily go upwards from there.
Are they doing something "wrong", in your book -- ?
Not "personal lifestyles" but "enclosed bubbles of consumption"... are detrimental to any kind of *human social capital* - and social capital is the primary determinant of the health of the body-politic.
Arguable, though I'd certainly tend to side with your position here on it. (I'll include the sidenote that people are entirely free to be *apolitical* in their lives, and others will gladly let them be such.)
Also, for the first part:
I'll remind that every dollar (or whatever currency) from revenues in the private sector, and every dollar received as taxes by government, can only either go to *labor*, or else that dollar will be controlled by *capitalists* / owners / employers / bosses.
The following documentary -- along with 'Planet of the Humans' -- notes that it was *corporations* that rammed 'biomass', or 'plastics' down everyone's throats, regarding economic-material 'supply'. Corporations blame the *consumer* -- oh, look, and so do *you*.
The Story of Plastic (Full Documentary)