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  • The Coming Insurrection - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    create situations moments of life directly lived that undermine the dominant logic of passive consumption and alienated representation Although the text is closer to the affective and rousing tone of Raoul Vaneigem s The Revolution of Everyday Life than to the dense Hegelian logic and historicity of Guy Debord The Coming Insurrection takes for granted many of the theses of Debord s Society of the Spectacle However the pretense of substance and vitality that the spectacle once afforded us has now expired and we live on the corpse of spectacular society deceiving ourselves that it still lives and breathes The Coming Insurrection has three sections first there is an introduction to the exhausted state of modern life in the endgame of late capitalism Then there are seven chapters that as in Dante s Inferno are labeled circles Each circle analyzes a different aspect of society selfhood and subjectivity schools and hooliganism work and leisure the metropolis and the network the economy the environment the nation state and the West And four final chapters take a more pragmatic approach signposting avenues for contemporary activism and spaces where opposition can still be mounted Here The Coming Insurrection maps out a spatial politics of urban guerrillas and occupied territory Drawing on accounts of the Paris commune the Algerian War of Independence and the conflict in Iraq the Invisible Committee argues that the West has honed its methods of domestic control through its history of imperialism They claim that the most effective forms of resistance have not arisen through demands made of the state or through conventional forms of political organization but through a military urbanism that reappropriates space and redraws the parameters of conflict So contrary to the official discourses the 2005 Paris suburb riots were not a moment of control being lost of dispossession but instead a moment when territory was re possessed People can burn cars because they are pissed off but to keep the riots going for a month while keeping the police in check to do that you have to know how to organize you have to establish complicities you have to know the terrain perfectly and share a common language and common enemy The text is full of echoes of disparate voices from the last 60 years of critical and cultural theory including Agamben Theodor Adorno Gilles Deleuze and Manuel Castells One recurrent theme is that capitalist society can no longer suppress the irreducible antinomies that it has fostered for so long Following The Society of the Spectacle s assertion and détournement of Hegel that in a world that is really upside down the true is a moment of the false The Coming Insurrection tells us that the future has no future from left to right it s the same nothingness and it s only against voting itself that people continue to vote Unfortunately the relationship between The Coming Insurrection s theoretical analysis and its calls for mobilization is not untroubled On the one hand for example we

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  • Sasha Lakic, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Subscribe Donate Close Home Sasha Lakic Montreal June 18 2015 by Sasha Lakic Tags austerity protests 120 montreal students are back in the streets to fight austerity Israel Palestine June 23 2014 by Sasha Lakic Tags Israel Palestine environment water 114 drought oslo The ecopolitics beneath the world s hottest conflict Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover

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  • A Renaissance in Economics - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    practitioners speak in a convoluted esoteric language known to only a chosen few It wasn t always like this The English economist John Maynard Keynes a gifted statistician didn t feel the need to write equation after equation in his famous work The General Theory That didn t stop him getting his point across Nor should it stop economists today Of course there is no perfect way for a student to learn economics Several schools of economic thought still rival each other for dominance in departments across the world Interpretations of historical events whether it s the Great Depression or the recent global financial crisis can lead to fiery debates Indeed these divisions have given rise to a joke about economics exams the questions remain the same each year but the correct answers always change depending on which school is in vogue Students should therefore read widely and decide which theory in their opinion best fits our chaotic world Well at least that is the ideal scenario The reality is somewhat different In class students are usually given just one textbook with one standard interpretation of how the world works There are no debates no contest of ideas and certainly no room for free thinking To pass exams then students often have to learn mathematical models that bear no relation to reality given the amount of unrealistic assumptions attached to the analysis As a result graduates leave the college gates with a bastardized version of economics one that sticky tapes bits of neoclassical monetarist and rational expectations theory together in an incoherent fashion Oxford University has a proud history Look at the origins of Politics Philosophy and Economics PPE for instance a course that schooled generations of leading politicians The course traces its origins back to 1920 a time when economics was studied closely alongside its two brothers politics and philosophy Now however PPE students study the subject in complete isolation There is little if any overlap with its erstwhile siblings This is a dangerous situation What is to be done An interdisciplinary approach is required from the start Four key points stand out First introduce far more historical analysis to the undergraduate curriculum Offer historical examples through which students can better understand and anchor a given theory Secondly acknowledge in lectures the fierce debates that are tearing the subject apart This won t scare students Rather it will entice their interest and make economics sound like the exciting subject it actually is a battlefield where ideas and policies fight it out Thirdly offer more criticism to the mathematical models studied in class Students aren t idiots By highlighting flaws you are allowing them to think critically while learning The fourth point relates to language Economists need to learn how to communicate their message effectively to a wider audience for mathematical models can only show so much Economists must learn to talk in simple plain English All these changes need to happen soon The dismal scientists like to talk about

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  • We are being trained. - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    power outside of our control We society are learning or at least being trained We become conditioned much like a dog learns to obey the sit command We begin to think and fear in accordance with the rules set by some power outside of our control outside of our view And as this happens we begin to wither and lose our innate senses and abilities to think for ourselves the ability to create to grow This cycle is self fulfilling and sucks us into smaller and smaller boxes until we find ourselves trapped in our modern culture with no clear means of escape Michael Hardt Antonio Negri FROM Adbusters 120 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 3 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Heavy Reader 1968 The planet vs our Egos 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 of life a can of meat a bit of vodka August 5 2015 A new quest The grand attempt to transcend the human condition forever has failed and a new journey awaits August 4

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  • Ellen Brown, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Ellen Brown It s the Interest Stupid April 22 2013 by Ellen Brown Tags Corpo financial crisis America Occupy banks wall street 107 interest Why Bankers Rule the World Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological physical and cultural environments by commercial

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/ellen-brown/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Mental Breakdown of a Nation - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    more ominous is eating away at the very heart of America s social imagination from Adbusters 106 Now go here FROM Adbusters 106 Mental Breakdown of a Nation Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Do trees have standing The Blind Spot at Davos Also In This Magazine Guantanamo Diary Many of the brothers here are losing their minds June 6 2015 Flight of the RoboBees Colony

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  • Žižek - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    two years to continue their talks But with the financial meltdown the urgency to act was unconditional sums of an unimaginable magnitude had to be found immediately Saving endangered species saving the planet from global warming saving AIDS patients and those dying for lack of funds for expensive treatments saving the starving children all this can wait a little bit The call to save the banks by contrast is an unconditional imperative that must be met with immediate action The panic was so absolute that a transnational and non partisan unity was immediately established all grudges between world leaders being momentarily forgotten in order to avert the catastrophe But what the much praised bi partisan approach effectively meant was that even democratic procedures were de facto suspended there was no time to engage in proper debate and those who opposed the plan in the US Congress were quickly made to fall in with the majority Bush McCain and Obama all quickly got together explaining to confused congressmen and women that there was simply no time for discussion we were in a state of emergency and things simply had to be done fast And let us also not forget that the sublimely enormous sums of money were spent not on some clear real or concrete problem but essentially in order to restore confidence in the markets that is simply to change people s beliefs Do we need any further proof that Capital is the Real of our lives a Real whose imperatives are much more absolute than even the most pressing demands of our social and natural reality Slavoj Žižek First As Tragedy Then As Farce FROM Adbusters 96 Apocalyptic Boredom Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Mein Kampus Will the Revolution Begin in London Also In

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/zizek/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Does Canada still stand for something? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    A country that now believes it s destined for the petroleum stardom of Saudi Arabia Qatar and Bahrain A country that believes its true calling is to be an arbiter of global destiny and violence a harbinger of environmental doom Canadians have been slow to catch the drift But the rest of the world hasn t A recent article in The Guardian said it all Maple Leaf Ragged What Ails The feature touched on the key points of the new Canada war energy immigration reform deregulation climate change denial Al Jazeera tells a similar story in its coverage What happened to the peace loving socially progressive environmentalist Canada It s taken a few years but Harper s Canada has finally reached the shores of Europe and the world beyond The old Canada the Canada that organized the Montreal Protocol in 1987 banning CFC s the key agent in ozone layer depletion the Canada that spearheaded the 1995 Kyoto Protocol the Canada that brought peacekeeping to the world in 1957 winning its then PM Lester B Pearson the Nobel Peace Prize ushering the idea of soft power into the global diplomatic lexicon the Canada that preferred diplomacy to war is gone In its place is a new regime One that gags ecological researchers labels any organization that dares to question tar sands development as foreign funded radicals including Greenpeace founded in Vancouver in 1971 and puts in an order for ten billion dollars worth of fighter jets in an era of austerity Maybe what we re seeing right now is the endgame of American cultural imperialism in Canada Who were we to think that our nation a tenth the population of America could assert its identity when faced with the economic might of the world s largest economy and the influence of its massive cultural industries Perhaps it was always just a matter of time before the elephant in the bed as Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau once described America suffocated us for good In 2008 more Canadians would have rather voted in the American elections than the Canadian one Perhaps that s why Americans ended up with the US version of a progressive and Canadians ended up with a right wing conservative 9 11 fused our cultures closer than any event in our parallel history Canada got swept up in a storm of security rhetoric inspired along the way by America s Patriot Act Department of Homeland Security initiatives and the revitalized clash of civilizations myth While our leaders kept Canada out of Iraq in 2003 it came at the backroom cost of taking a greater role in Afghanistan Canada s PM at that time Liberal Jean Chretien couldn t sell an imperialist war in liberal minded Canada He could however sell an ongoing war with a humanitarian premise Afghanistan Throughout the 2000s Canadians were fed a steady drip of a burqah clad Afghan woman executed on a soccer field by the Taliban the falling Twin Towers and government promises that

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