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  • In China - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    so called New Democratic coalition at the beginning to the dramatic land reforms of the early 1950s from the Great Leap Forward to the quasi privatization of farmland in the early 1960s from the Cultural Revolution to Deng Xiaoping s market reform and Jiang Zemin s redefinition of the Party through his Theory of Three Represents China s domestic politics are almost unrecognizable from one period to another In foreign policy China moved from a close alliance with the Soviet Union in the 1950s to a virtual alliance with the United States in the 1970s and 80s to contain the former Today its pursuit of an independent course in an increasingly multi polar world is distinctive among the nations of the world No one could deny that its leaders from Mao to Deng from Jiang to Hu and to Xi differ as widely in political outlooks and policy priorities as those who move in and out of power under any other political system Through the six decades there have been many blunders and corresponding course corrections The Cultural Revolution a disaster was outright condemned And the country went from its shattered state to the China we know today The facts demonstrate the extraordinary capability of a one party system for change and self correction On the other hand the records of electoral regimes around the world indicate that party rotation through elections may not provide the needed flexibility or self correction In the United States elections may have produced new presidents and congressional majorities but they do not seem to have done much to tackle America s long term challenges In Europe governments regularly get voted in and out but no elections have produced even the minimal corrections required to address their monumental distress In the one prime minister per

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  • Montreal - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    internally they are also the only ones in Canada maybe even the entire North American continent who truly give a damn about what happens to our future Their noise in 2012 brought down the provincial Liberal government and gave hope that young demos may actually not collapse under crippling student debt and that the playing field would level off a bit for everyone else However under the Parti Québécois conditions did not change and the buds of the student cause withered away in the caustic egotism of the elected Debt was still looming and the belt tightening seemed unavoidable just the same The Parti Québécois shat the bed The Liberals are back in power now so the students are back in the streets for a second time in less than five years pissed at anything that reeks of legislative assembly The hundreds of student arrested in March April and May on grounds of illegal assembly in Montreal are only a symptom of a more insidious gut rot ailing not only Quebec but Greece France Spain and definitely the United States The tools of a modern democracy are not cutting it anymore Elections and government sanctioned protests are ineffective because our elected leaders do not speak the populist language They speak a language of coercion and violence and it is the only one they understand Montrealers are not lashing out against the expected failed promises and hopes of campaign platforms anymore They are aiming at a mental virus pervasive in almost all governments the compulsion to bulldoze civilization into accepting austerity measures that will somehow rid us of the ailments our profit optimizing system created Sasha Lakic FROM Adbusters 120 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 3 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Unfathomable darkness Every voice was

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/montreal/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Root of Collapse - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    arbitrary rules and arithmetic abstractions rather than in engaging directly with the physical world This veil of metaphor allows them to hide appalling levels of violence representing it symbolically as a mere paper shuffling exercise People animals entire ecosystems become mere numbers on a piece of paper On the other hand this ability to represent dissimilar object using identical symbols causes a great deal of confusion For instance I have heard rather intelligent people declare that government funds that had been allocated to making failed financial institutions look solvent could have been so much better spent feeding widows and orphans There is no understanding that astronomical quantities of digits willed into existence and transferred between computers do not directly nourish anyone because food cannot be willed into existence by a central banker or anyone else and because nature with its frosts heat waves droughts and floods does not respond to price signals The main tools of modern finance are mystification obfuscation and hypnosis The great mystery of money to most people is the sacrament of money creation The high priest pushes a button and ex nihilo and seemingly effortlessly generates more of that which we all want to have more of This is indeed an impressive trick what we struggle to earn by the sweat of our brow the high priest blithely summons into existence with the help of a cryptic incantation It is more advanced than a shaman s rain dance and far more reliable to a point Obfuscation comes from the use of mathematical formulate that few people understand Even fewer understand their implications and how they persistently fail to map onto the physical world The key formula of finance debt raised to the power of time is the ticking time bomb inside all of our modern financial

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/the-root-of-collapse/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Wake Up Call - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    on Planet Earth just went into reverse Humanity has finally evolved to a point where our species is moving backwards We are destroying more than we build Every year the world economy grows by about 1 5 trillion or a thousand billion But every year we devastate the planet to the tune of 4 5 trillion We have officially moved into reverse laying waste to more than we create Graeme Maxton The End of Progress FROM Adbusters 106 Mental Breakdown of a Nation Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Humanity 4 0 Do or Die Here Comes a New Aesthetic Also In This Magazine Strangers to ourselves We are very powerful but not very happy August 21 2015 A new quest The grand attempt to transcend the human condition forever has failed and a new journey awaits August 4 2015 Between harmony and chaos From this unique place in human history it s time to decide what direction we will take July 14 2015 The Slimy Is Myself The problem of human beingness declared Sartre and Lacan is the problem of what to do with one s slime one s shit The slimy is myself Ultimately

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  • Humanity 4.0: Do or Die - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    that homo sapiens unlike mussels snakes and moths can exempt itself from the natural fate of all successful species But perhaps that same thing which has led us to our downfall remains our only hope perhaps we haven t yet used our minds for what nature has made them Maybe we ve only been animals up til this point feeding fighting and fucking Now teetering at the brink can we finally live up to our metaphysical disposition can we finally use our self consciousness to reflect on the state we are in and act wisely At this stage in our evolution can we not overcome our base instincts foreswear short term gratification for the sake of survival As we realize that the only way to save ourselves is to do the most unnatural thing for any living being to do something no other species has done nor could ever do stop our growth Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Humanity 3 0 Project Total Control Wake Up Call Also In This Magazine Finally we re VIPs It is only when we watch the waste of culture retaken by nature that we get an idea of what history might mean September 7 2015

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/humanity-4-0-do-or-die/ (2016-02-09)
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  • elections Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Donate Close Home elections Dark Side of the Moon by Roger Waters Will the new president contemplate this October 22 2012 The Rebirth of American Democracy by adbusters Obama s victory makes possible a radical change of direction Our readers weigh in on where they think America is headed November 4 2008 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/elections/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Barack Obama Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Close Home Barack Obama 10 Easy Pieces by adbusters A litany of two faced leaders July 11 2013 Does Obama Still Have The Juice by Joseph Nevins A Tale of Two Presidents May 2 2013 Dark Side of the Moon by Roger Waters Will the new president contemplate this October 22 2012 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/barack-obama/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Sex and Simulation - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    a roommate But within months I realized that all these regular encounters were just touch and go rarely adding up into real relationships See in New York City everyone is too god damn busy with their careers and their part time jobs and their status and their turbo workouts yes even the starving artists vagabonds and rogue Brooklyn hippies that no one has time to unplug from the rat race and chill That s when I found myself desiring to do exactly what I forbade myself from doing registering for an OK Cupid account But I had no interest in dating at the time I was just hoping to find someone who wanted to hang out As months in New York City went on I met some sharp intellectual types who urged me to correct what they perceived as my philosophically naïve perception of the nature of technology and virtual reality They schooled me in Baudrillard Heidegger and Steigler They showed me how I was creating a false binary between what s natural and what s unnatural As they cited the myth of Prometheus with fire as the first technology which man acquired a stolen gift from the Gods they proved to me that technological innovation was something natural and endemic to the human condition The only sound philosophical stances would be as I was told either everything is natural or everything is unnatural Still I sensed something creepy about the popularity of online matchmaking platforms I felt that they offered a premonition of our future as a species whose mission on earth hitherto for has been to sexually reproduce itself and multiply Technosexuals those who prefer robots or automatons sexually instead of humans seem to be exceptional cases now but just wait a few more years robot love is

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