The problem was how to keep the wheels of industry turning without increasing the real wealth of the world. Goods must be produced, but they need not be distributed.
The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism
Quoted in 1984, by George Orwell
Goods are now distributed, to some of us in the world, and the wheels keep turning. . .
[Note: 6/21/11 - I recalled this old post of mine in reading this very good summary of critical views of consumer culture.]