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  • The biggest wake up call in history - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    that we ve been rambling on about since my student days are coming to pass Lean across a dinner table to nab a cutlet and someone says that an iceberg the size of Manhattan has dropped into the sea Inevitably the imminence of a food famine is raised Then someone cracks a joke about Earth burning up like the sun We seem to be approaching that terrible point where climate change skeptics have ceased being skeptical Huge ethical dilemmas face every continent and some academics in the fields of climate science and futurism are whispering hints of an apocalypse Back home on an Australian mountain range I can see the distant city of Sydney right on the horizon the size of a toy town Dark thoughts What hope is there And then a sense of relief Hey the next generation let them worry about this Time for me to slow down and learn how to compost and shut up with the ranting Let the young ones knock sense into the corporate elite the bankers the masters of war and the planet fuckers The catastrophe is a long time coming Fifty years ago the Situationists suggested the project of capitalism was the annihilation of nature but no one believed them No one in Australian politics is up for the challenge apart from the Greens who are outnumbered Australian scholar Richard A Slaughter rightly says we re facing the biggest wake up call in history though many of us are focused on Facebook YouTube and Doggie Diets In its plodding way the Julia Gillard government makes a stab at reducing emissions while being hounded by the mining magnates and blow torched by Rupert Murdoch s media Among high profile eco warriors as Jorgen Randers and Paul Gilding describe two conversations often take place simultaneously The public position is we face serious risks potentially catastrophic if we don t act urgently and strongly In private often late at night as they wonder if the battle is lost they discuss geopolitical breakdown mass starvation and what Earth would be like with a few hundred million people On an unconscious level this double talk may also apply to younger Australians who want to have fun get pissed travel and chill out Come midnight among friends and similar truth telling emerges We re fucked Many Australians can sense a planetary emergency but they also want nights off Over a billion people in 100 countries face a bleak future In the nations most vulnerable to climate change resilience is already eroded by entrenched poverty and degraded environments Frequent natural disasters will tip communities over the edge into chronic famine and forced migration Yet these are the counties that have contributed least to climate change If the Greenland ice cap melts most of Bangladesh disappears Australian politicians on both sides of the House are likely in for a shock judging from grim reports raining down from climate change experts We could be headed for irreversible climate change in

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/the-biggest-wake-up-call-in-history/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Richard Neville, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    by Richard Neville Tags 91 Australia Kevin Rudd APEC 2007 G 20 Toronto Bread circuses horse races and car races are in abundant supply New Possibilities for Australia March 17 2010 by Richard Neville Tags 87 Iraq Australia afghanistan Kevin Rudd Rupert Murdoch We ve had our snout up Uncle Sam s bum for 65 years Seismic Shifts Down Under February 2 2009 by Richard Neville Tags environment global warming

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  • Do trees have standing? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    equally balanced against and sometimes even take precedence over those of humans and where we vehemently debate what is oil s one demand In demanding a vote for objects new materialists represent a counter trend to the prefigurative and anti representational politics espoused by occupiers in the fall of 2011 Rather than repudiating the concept of representational government new materialists transform it by pushing political representation to the limits of intelligibility But to a skeptic the new materialists conviction that things matter is only a belated intellectualization of the facts on the ground established long ago by advertisers To a New York adman the idea that objects call to us is a basic working assumption It is his job to shape articulate and amplify that call to mobilize the nonhuman powers of the objects around us and to translate it into dollars spent From this perspective what is new in new materialism is not that objects speak but a broadening of what sorts of objects speak and an expansion of who can speak for them Rocks gutter trash sheep tracks bottle caps and bacteria these scholars seek to animate the detritus and the uncounted objects of capitalism the items never or no longer enchanted by the advertising machine The key democratic thrust of object oriented philosophy is to extend the right to speak to objects not backed by corporate sponsors to open the democracy of objects to include the very poor This is the real magic depicted in Miranda July s book It Chooses You where random objects in the local PennySaver become the guideposts of a sort of vision quest With new allies to channel the expression of their powers objects can say more than just buy me The world imagined by the new materialists is quite simply an

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  • Multiple Authors, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    by Multiple Authors Tags philosophy Animals western philosophy 105 Techno The philosophical leap of the year What is the dollar value of a human April 15 2011 by Multiple Authors Tags philosophy EPA 95 Dead or alive Late Modernity February 3 2010 by Multiple Authors Tags 87 climate change environment sociology The search for ontological security Big in Japan December 9 2008 by Multiple Authors Tags youth japan Kanikosen work The popularity of a bleak 20th century novel points to tectonic shifts beneath the surface of Japanese society Photo by Yoshinori Kon The Crisis November 12 2008 by Multiple Authors Tags economics nature GDP crisis oil financial tax Groundbreaking economist Herman Daly zeroes in on the root cause of our financial meltdown The Revolutionaries July 28 2008 by Multiple Authors Tags consumerism true cost economists Amidst all the hoopla of ad campaigns business news and growth projections a close examination of our consumer culture reveals a very ugly truth it thrives on the death of nature and charges the cost to future generations But it doesn t have to be this way We still have time to redesign our economic model All it takes is a critical mass of visionaries

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/multiple-authors/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Cult of Individualism - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    of a carefully crafted individual self that one fashions at whim It s personal many interviewees responded It s up to the individual Who am I to say Who am I to judge When beliefs aesthetic preferences and moral proclivities are all left to personal style we have the hipster mentality where nonchalant nihilism is cool Indeed the word moral itself is a dirty word amongst anyone outside the realm of conservatism But the cult of individualism transcends politics we are all in it We ve all had its invisible lens pulled over our eyes such that we perceive the world through a myopic tunnel vision Aiming to find and remove this lens is as futile as trying to bite your own teeth for it is built into us We were all inculcated into the cult of individualism by our families who tell us we are special by the vision of the American Dream by schools who demand that we specify fields by advertising which compels us to carve out who we are by consuming certain commodities by capitalism which teaches us that to succeed is to win in a competition of yourself against all others and by the ever growing new age and pop psychology œuvre which tells us to create our own realities But if everyone were to believe themselves as the center of their own universe in which they create their own world values and all meaning civilization would quickly deteriorate into solipsism narcissism megalomania and or collective insanity So it comes as no surprise that we are in decline for what is really wrong with the united us There is no we no us just me myself and I This nation is not a unified whole but a cacophony of atoms each spinning alone to their own idiosyncratic rhythm and frequently colliding The Declaration s axioms are relinquishing their sacred aura for the glue that holds us together is well it isn t there The marriage of this egoism to rationality the hubris that comes with our self awarded status as the sole rational animal this may be the fatal flaw of Western civilization we just don t know it yet or do we With discoveries in neuroscience that expose us as primarily social beings the ecological crisis which demands global cooperation in spite of differences and amidst the peril of capitalism which reveals the limits of a survival of the fittest social philosophy the fabric of who we thought we were is being unravelled It is like waking up from a long hallucination disorienting frightening yet epiphanic for what we are facing is nothing other than an identity crisis one that forces us to create a new account of what it is to be human It s uncomfortable to go against the grain of a totalizing and pervasive culture that reinforces a dog eat dog conception of human nature It s frightening to reconsider who you are in the midst of realizing that what you

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/the-cult-of-individualism/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Stefanie Krasnow, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    France Hollande What ever happened to love in the afternoon The NoMo Manifesto November 1 2013 by Stefanie Krasnow Tags 110 Aesthetico A spoof of Marinetti s Futurist Manifesto Enter the Drones October 21 2013 by Stefanie Krasnow Tags 110 There will be blowback The Art of Interdependence September 21 2013 by Stefanie Krasnow Tags 110 A review of Gish Jen s Tiger Writing Panting for Breath on a Virtual

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/stefanie-krasnow/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The End of Men - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    with excuse me I sat down to piss Then I met these men from the suburbs Friends of friends They joined me at an upscale lakeside retreat soft roughing it I called it the elements of the wild with the amenities of home The restrooms were the best I d ever experienced Spaces as large as bedrooms Basins like small baths Exquisite Almost artistic Complete and total disguises But these friends of friends didn t share the same appreciation In fact they barely noticed the restroom except to comment on the power of the basin s flush They preferred to pull out their dicks in the middle of the gravel driveway and piss They often did this in mid sentence while talking to each other without even so much as a pause Imagine it Holding their dicks Laughing Making eye contact Shaking the last droplets out of the end They would zip their trousers in stride as they returned to whatever it was they were doing It wasn t long before they stopped using the toilets to piss altogether Even in the dark of night they d stumble across the room banging their knees tripping over haphazardly strewn shoes and clothing to unlatch the front door so they could release barefoot under the night sky Sometimes they d dribble on their own feet smiling as the warm urine cut through the damp lakeside air on their skin I watched from the kitchen one evening as they chuckled to themselves rubbing the tops of their wet feet on the back of their trousers God I wanted that One day instead of discretely turning my head and moving to the side I stood beside them as they pissed together on the driveway How come you never piss outside one of them asked

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/the-end-of-men/ (2016-02-09)
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  • It Begins with Refusal - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Argentine slogan Que se vayan todos Throw them all out The slogan expressed in condensed form not only the corruption of politicians political parties and the constitutional system itself but also the potential for a new participatory democracy Such productions of truth also involve the creation of political affects by negotiating the terms of our being together in relation to each other Expressing these political affects in being together embodies a new truth Break Free Of all the ways that people refuse the security regime today the most significant are modalities of flight You can t beat the prison and you can t fight the army All you can do is flee Break your chains and run Most often flight involves not coming out into the open but rather becoming invisible Since security functions so often by making you visible you have to escape by refusing to be seen Becoming invisible too is a kind of flight The fugitive the deserter and the invisible are the real heroes or antiheroes of the struggle of the securitized to be free But when you run think of George Jackson and grab a weapon as you go It might come in handy down the road You are only able really to refuse and flee though when you recognize your power Those living under the weight of a security regime tend to think of themselves as powerless dwarfed by its overarching might Those in a prison society think of themselves as living in the belly of a Leviathan consumed by its power How can we possibly match its firepower how can we escape its all seeing eyes and its all knowing information systems To find a way out all you have to do is remember the basic recognition of the nature of power explained by Foucault and before him Niccolò Machiavelli power is not a thing but a relation No matter how mighty and arrogant seems that power standing above you know that it depends on you feeds on your fear and survives only because of your willingness to participate in the relationship Look for an escape door One is always there Desertion and disobedience are reliable weapons against voluntary servitude Sometimes flight takes unusual forms The Marranos in fifteenth century Spain for instance were forced to convert to Christianity but continued to practice Judaism in secret They led a double life obeying when the forces of power were watching and subverting that power in hidden spaces They conducted a kind of secret flight while staying still Constitute Yourself You don t represent me Que se vayan todos Such refusals of representation and representative governmental structures have been pronounced by millions during the crisis of neoliberalism at the beginning of the twenty first century One novelty of these protests and these refusals consists of the fact that they immediately make clear that the crisis is not only economic social and political but also constitutional Representative structures and liberal governance regimes are all thrown into

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