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  • Hardt and Negri, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Home Hardt and Negri Another kind of love June 10 2014 by Hardt and Negri Tags 114 We need to recover the material and political sense of love a love as strong as death It Begins with Refusal December 3 2012 by Hardt and Negri Tags debt 105 austerity resistance Hardt and Negri Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the

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  • Every day brings some new alarm - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    prosperity to communities and economies on the edge of collapse It s as though these two moments of despair and hope of impending doom and instant mind and soul numbing gratification were artfully planned for us carefully coordinated or scripted like a film taking us through emotional highs lows and highs again as it progresses through its three acts our hearts in the director s hands throughout We want above all else to change To be different and to make a difference To be better Healthier Smarter Richer More beautiful More loving and loved If only we tried a little harder worked a little harder we seem to think Change a new self a new world is always just there dangling tantalizingly in front of us just out of reach A new more creative more connected more fulfilling life A new health regimen A world saved for art and beauty We think it s just a matter of our purchasing power The corporations tell us they are ready to help growth is the answer buy their products and you change the world They are innovators after all change makers They can help unveil the new you They can in fact help you be a new and better you At least every advertisement is there to tell us this is so to lull soothe calm coerce and cajole us between the shock and awe of news and entertainment every day harder to distinguish We push on We strive using ourselves up year after year Socioeconomic prospects diminish and our personal and national debt rises Struggling we console ourselves with the many available distractions Alcohol and drugs Food and sex Money Sporting events TV The Internet Facebook and Twitter swallow us up into a monetized simulacrum of the social We forget the horrors and the hours slip by But the world of frights comes back again when the distractions wear thin Unemployment Austerity Environmental calamity A seemingly unresponsive arrogant and inadequate judicial and political system Something nefarious coercive must be at work stacking the deck and tilting the playing field It all seems too large and complex for any one of us to change despite how much we would like to change ourselves and the suffering world around us And then the fields of distraction are there again beckoning We could eat We could shop We could go online check our friends status updates their amusing and ironic posts Anger is available too and there are those who readily distract us by telling us where to channel our anger at which group who to exclude whose inhuman fault all this is Of course the consequences of this society environmental destruction chemical and electromagnetic poisoning of our bodies and minds alienation wasted time and lives poverty and marginalization violence and outright exploitation are more than overlooked they are depended upon the very method of turning a profit and keeping the machinery going Of course that the judicial and political system only really serves

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  • Stephen Collis, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Stephen Collis Every day brings some new alarm November 13 2012 by Stephen Collis Tags climate change terrorism 105 austerity power But will we wake up 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 forces About

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  • Ubuntu: I Am Because You Are - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    of the philosophical magnet Today the archetypal Western philosopher is a neurotic academic obsessed with word equations and sophisticated translations of obscurity as if the point of philosophy is not to solve questions of meaning but to pass time with endless struggle to fill the void in the soul that individualism ripped wide open Southern African philosophy has never endured such a finicky yet debilitating rapture Rather than endless staring into the self the Southern African philosophy of Ubuntu accepts at the outset that a human is only a human through others Subject and object are inherently bound in flux at times but in essence collective allowing room to breathe but not the great selfish gasps of the Western mind In the vibrant cultures of Zambia Botswana Mozambique South Africa most Westerners feel an incredible sense of presence and realism a feeling they rarely ever recover from They experience the African continent as a type of emotional utopia of the abstracted self forever forced to grapple with the contradiction that such an objectively difficult place for living starvation war famine poverty disease could be filled with such a subjectively abundant joy of life FROM Adbusters 107 The Big Ideas of

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  • philosophy Archives - Page 3 of 3 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    End of Philosophy by Jordan Romanus What happened to just thinking October 23 2009 The New Spirit of Economics by Kalle Lasn Economics is entering a Nietzschean period of creative destruction tectonic mindshifts are underway July 16 2009 Post Pythagorean Economics by David Orrell Moving from cold hard to fuzzy nonlinear logic July 15 2009 Posts navigation 1 2 3 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not

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  • Horizontalism - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    strengthens you Under capitalism we were giving up the possibility of enjoying ourselves and being happy We need to constantly break with this idea We have life and the life we have should be lived today We shouldn t wait to take power so that we can begin to enjoy ourselves in the future We should take it now We begin by believing in what s possible and then we push aside all of those things that don t allow us to create this possibility neka a member of an unemployed workers movement I see in the movement that there s a reaction with a certain naivety We are forgetting the state while we construct a territorial autonomous power I think the idea to not take state power is right but in some ways it s an incomplete analysis The state exists it s there and it won t leave even if you ignore it It ll come to look for you however much you wish that it didn t exist I believe that the assemblies and the movements are beginning to notice that something important is being forgotten A year and a half ago we began to think of a strategy for constructing an alternative autonomous power forgetting the state but now we see it isn t that simple You have to seek a way to build autonomy while remaining cognizant of the state s existence There is no alternative That s a problem that directly affects us and one that has to be kept in mind I believe that no one has the remotest idea of how to do this at least not that I know of It seems to me there is a very strong rejection to the idea that we are going to live on the

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  • Occupied Economy - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    why They might demand corporate responsibility They might invest more carefully But because they re not they don t Further if a corporation can make a larger profit by wrecking a community the law says it must Perhaps the most famous case in corporate law was decided in the Supreme Court of Michigan in 1919 when Henry Ford got sued by the Dodge brothers yes those Dodge brothers Ford wanted to plow profits back into the company and its employees My ambition is to employ still more men the New York Times quoted Ford as saying to spread the benefits of this industrial system to the greatest possible number to help them build up their lives and homes To do this we are putting the greatest share of our profits back in the business The judges posed a short question What is a corporation for The judges answered themselves by saying corporations are primarily for the profit of the stockholders Not for the benefit of employees or community Corporate managers regardless of personal scruples or desire to do good are forced to always put profits first the profit maximization imperative creates continuous pressure to dump waste in the public commons and to shift the resulting costs to the public through subsidies tax funded pollution cleanups and such Where dumping waste is illegal corporations may be fined for violations Such fines often become a cost of doing business while shareholders know that corporations never get sent to jail and that some are too big to be allowed to fail To the extent that governmental regulations get annoying corporate appetites engulf those too backing and basically installing cooperative elected officials then coercing the removal of regulatory barriers formerly public protections However we can envision how a more public minded government might deal with risk prone corporations In Wold War II the US government seized control of certain German companies inside the United States Obviously it wouldn t do to have German chemical plants on American soil while we were engulfed in war with Germany The companies were not destroyed just controlled by the government for a while some still exist When U S automakers got into serious trouble and went into bankruptcy in 2009 the federal government stepped in to control management for a while These weren t punitive moves exactly but one can imagine ways in which corporations acting as bad citizens might have to do some time with say their stocks frozen no trading maybe while a government of the people does a little potty training with the executives In real life as we know it the profit maximization imperative means that any company seeking to act responsibly incurs a competitive disadvantage The implications are generally a cascade of catastrophes because essentially all the money in the world is thus under pressure to act irresponsibly Any other impulse must buck that tide The corporations central tenet of faith their object of worship their grail and their gruel growth Growth fueled

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  • The Fight Against Capitalism - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    for whoever needs it especially those who have borne the brunt of the economic collapse These forms of organization will enervate the status quo by drawing participants time and energy away from their roles as wage laborers salaried workers and consumers Of course OWS has already begun to do this many of us without the luxury of highly flexible read precarious employment or who haven t already committed ourselves as full time occupiers and are now sleeping in churches synagogues and generously offered private homes and organizing during the day already spend our office hours surreptitiously reading working group emails or occupy related articles Yet we aim to achieve a less schizophrenic mode of existence in which the totalizing effect of Occupy on our thoughts is reflected in the degree to which it predominates our actions one in which our politics accords with the way in which we support ourselves For those against capitalism this will mean testing our own boldness and examining our own perceived futures As Daniel Marcus observed There can be no movement of communes if protest is merely an extracurricular activity of wage earners workers will have to choose whether they stand with the communes or with the bosses and administrators The need for new structures of care is emotional as well as material Many of us are beginning to realize the extent of our own dissatisfaction We spend time with friends and lovers but these encounters are transitory counterpoints to the anomie induced by a culture of individualism We work towards success but what constitutes success seems increasingly empty Perhaps it s unfashionable to speak of alienation naïve to make claims about what forms of work or activities might begin to overcome it utopian to believe that we could create a society in which a

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