We owe it to our children and our children's children and to those in developing countries disadvantaged today by our profligate and extravagant Western lifestyles to be more environmentally responsible.
In Northern Europe, they'll deny you a discharge if they think you ran up the original debt in a profligate or immoral fashion.
Those with the wealth to engage in profligate energy consumption contribute to the storms that kill and displace hundreds of thousands of people living on coastal lowlands in Bangladesh and elsewhere.
Though initially aimed at profligate Italy, the actual culprits were Germany and France, which have been running big deficits over the last three years as their economies flirted with recession.
Why are the statistics about education debt, house prices, high rents and job insecurity left out of the picture, while the armchair-theories about profligate hedonists get so much airplay?
Global warming and its consequences are almost certainly the result of our profligate fossil-fuel consumption, and it is already happening.
Unfortunately, the extent of the downswing will be proportional to boom-time excesses, and the profligate consumer sector will be forced to retrench.
A sadly appropriate analogy would be the profligate and highly overindebted consumer who has finally reached the end of his rope.
The recent support for the party of Pim Fortuyn in the Netherlands has failed to quell the spirit of profligate immorality endemic to that country.
The range of responsibilities and duties of the genteel woman revealed by these documents challenges the notion of the frivolous or profligate female consumer portrayed in history.