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  • Between harmony and chaos - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    something I struggle to reconcile What seems to be on one level two completely opposing states of being is on another level two complimentary sets of circumstances that serve to move forward this endeavor of evolution The predicament that we find ourselves in is absolutely unique not only through the scope of human history but that of the history of this planet Never before on this planet has a life form evolved to the point of such autonomy that we have the ability to either annihilate our entire species and the rest of life with it or take part in our evolution It is much later than we think and the time for excuses has come and gone The responsibility lays on us as individuals to take control of our lives and insist on self definition and the exploration of our humanity Joe Kirch FROM Adbusters 120 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 3 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest NO MO Heavy Reader 1954 Also In This Magazine What now Only an angry tide of out of control youth can bring the world to its senses August 6 2015 Heavy Reader 1990 Serbia the simple enjoyments

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  • The Solution to the Human Dilemma - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    spirit really does pervade the whole universe that in the vastness of the cosmos other civilizations on other planets have sprung up peaked and waned just like ours is doing right now could this be the answer that finally solves the great civilizational quest for meaning we ve been on since our beginnings Or on a more mundane plane could ten thousand university campuses explode like they did back in 1968 and creatively destroy our current global system Could the Greek anarchists Spanish indignados the Occupy forces the yabastaers Gezi greenies and Rio revelers rise simultaneously on a clear Autumn day and pull off a coordinated occupation of the whole world Or imagine this a bunch of fired up back end programers develop an open source real world KILLCAP game that gets a billion activists jamming the system every day until the cost of doing business as usual becomes too hard to bear Yeah these are beautiful pipe dreams nicely served over a midnight bottle of tequila But maybe our best hope of derailing the planetary trainwreck is something much more ordinary anticlimactic even like a slow imperceptible cultural heave one that gives way to a renaissance of conviviality We grow tired of the consumerist orgy the rat race the moral one upmanship the wars the secrets the punitive strikes the holocausts and genocides the stultifying bureaucracy of techno capitalism We move as Ed Vulliamy wrote in a recent Guardian Weekly article from some combination of cocaine Red Bull and Viagra towards aromatic coffee a cool aperitif and an afternoon snooze We jump from pyramid to rhizome thinking from a hard helvetica top down corpo driven culture towards a soft organic DIY one We learn to play jazz and start living lives of never ending spontaneous creativity and uninhibited play

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  • 10 Easy Pieces - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    point the time has come to ask why nine successive American presidents have been unable to do what they say on this matter Arab governments must convince Israel and the world community that they have abandoned the idea of destroying Israel But equally Israel must persuade its Arab neighbors and the world community that Israel has no expansionist designs on their territory Johnson As a matter of policy we do not provide assistance to the Israeli government for projects in the occupied territories Nixon This matter of settlements in the occupied territories has always been characterized by our government by me and my predecessors as an illegal action Ford A freeze on Israeli settlements is absolutely necessary settlement activity is not only counterproductive to the peace process but a violation of it Carter Indeed the immediate adoption of a settlement freeze by Israel more than any other action could create the confidence needed for wider participation in these talks Reagan My position is that the foreign policy of the United States says we do not believe there should be new settlements in the West Bank or in East Jerusalem And I will conduct that policy as if it s firm Bush Senior Because Israel believes when it comes right down to it America is the only big country that cares whether they live or die That s why I can say give up the West Bank Bill Clinton Consistent with the Mitchell plan Israeli settlement activity in occupied territories must stop and the occupation must end Young Bush For more than four decades Israeli settlement activity in territories occupied in 1967 has undermined Israel s security and corroded hopes for peace and stability in the region Obama We do not accept the legitimacy of settlement activity Hillary Clinton FROM Adbusters

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  • Remember me? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    you moved up in the world forgot you knew me at all We used to just sit in the garden together Dig in the sandpit look for snails or a feather Breathe in the stillness enjoy the passing of time Notice the details the hidden sublime I m still here waiting I said I won t hold a grudge You can tell me everything I promise I won t gossip or judge Let s pick up where we left off our big plans and grand ideas No limits or expectations no hesitation no fears Remember teenage abandon when life was a dare When you raged at the ocean and played in the moonlight Built campfires and castles and fought the good fight I hate to insult you but you re not getting younger Surely you can t have forgotten the things that piqued at your hunger Would you take me seriously if I dressed up in black Carried a scepter and jumped on your back Katie Little is a writer creator and free thinker FROM Adbusters 121 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 4 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest The underground man Stressed to the limit

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  • Just like the others - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    vibe but is also the mass market product of a pan global clothing giant dressing the artist up in you You re just like all the other artists You fit in A buzz Your phone Someone liked your photo You feel relief washing all over you validation you feel creative again Someone has recognized you in the mirror They know how you suffer They know your confidence is an illusion your self doubt crippling and constant But they like your photo It s captioned living the life You turn over in bed and pull the blankets over your eyes Under the sheets the light is diffused Your phone softly glows It is 2 51PM How can anyone be so earnest and feel totally ridiculous How can you move past the knowledge of your own constant hypocrisy or the cynical self awareness that tells you how bland and phony you are Is anyone more genuine than you To progress is to risk failure To fail is to be imperfect Why risk imperfection when you are comfortable Isn t this the happiest you ll ever be How can you stop looking at yourself when other people are reflective Every surface wants to show you something about yourself doesn t it The loneliness inside of you is constant and chronic No one knows how sick you are there are no visible symptoms You turn on your I Pod None of the songs feel right Your earphones halt the constant hiss of traffic the blood flowing inside of your head The ebb and flow of the little world inside of you Your eyes are heavy Your chest is weighted You lift your phone to your eyes and feel like a radicant plant shooting its roots out across the concrete in search of soil You

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  • Kono Matsu, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Tags America APA 122 trump At the height of the post 9 11 surge of patriotism it wasn t just a few wayward neocons like Rumsfeld Cheney and Wolfowitz who were willing to accept torture as a way of gaining intelligence A Last Goodbye March 28 2011 by Kono Matsu Tags 94 mcdonalds April Fools Ronald McDonald This April Fools what will you do Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada

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  • Can Western decadence last? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    forever altered the rest of the world has become angry sick of it all and willing to do whatever it takes to produce a better way of life for themselves Because after all of the promises made and broken by the World Bank the IMF the United Nations the rest of the world has lost its patience The Islamic State is but a beginning of the kinds of self organizing that will occur once the latest round of pacifist neo political activism fails The West is bloated soft and decadent This decadence will not last it never has and never will FROM Adbusters 122 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 5 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest The ten stages of fascism Pure surface Also In This Magazine Losing one s sense of belonging there is but administration from above and the political vacuum below December 23 2015 Play Jazz Jazz is the big brother of Revolution Revolution follows it around Miles Davis November 27 2015 Jump Cut The jump cut is a technique where two sequential subjects of a similar idea are cut up and reordered from a slightly different angle or position This type of

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  • Sayyid Qutb - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    inspire a belief in the majesty of nature and that which is beyond nature opening in the American spirit a window on things that are more than matter and the world of matter Instead Qutb notes that the natural landscape like the original peoples became framed as a challenge things to be conquered uprooted and destroyed as the carpet of industry was unfurled over them And like Sisyphus there remains for the American the endless continuation of his first construction effort leaving no time for the reflection required for a civilized life All the refinement and contemplation that typifies civilization are geared toward productivity in America Social etiquette and politeness are pilfered from the household in favor of the business world Matters of tenderness and the heart are missing from relationships but abundant in sterile displays for advertising And art religion and leisure have also been drained of their sanctity siphoned into a greater marketing scheme for the minister does not feel that his job is any different from that of a theatre manager and leisure so often finds itself embroiled in the objectification of bodies that it might as well be an ad This drought of life as church merchant and state vie for the scattered attentions of an exhausted populace to further leech their metabolic energies for productivity and assuage their impending psychological breakdown with toxic doses of hedonism hollows out the American enterprise And this is where America has ended up after four hundred years Blundering in an endless cycle of vices the American dream is fat from spiritual malnutrition and as lofty and unanchored as a released helium balloon groundless boundless and ultimately meaningless Qutb asks This great America What is its worth in the scale of human values And what does it add to the

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