To say that consumption drives production is the same as saying that stepping on a gas pedal drives a car forward. Yes, technically, the gas pedal tells the car to move forward. But what actually drives the car is the engine, not the gas pedal. Consumption and production work the same way. Consumption tells businesses what to produce in the form of demand signals, but the production is the engine. Without the engine, the demand signals, or gas pedal, are meaningless. We can all demand yachts and private jets and olympic-sized swimming pools, but it doesn't matter one bit unless someone actually builds them.