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  • Philosophy at Zero Point - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    at the European Graduate School I have always returned home with a deep insight into the direction of our culture My first year was the summer of 2006 in the midst of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon The air was charged with political intensity and the most frequent subject of discussion was anarchism The next year conversations tended toward discussions of political violence Together these years anticipated the reemergence of insurrectionary anarchism as a cultural force and heralded the publication of The Coming Insurrection In my third year the flock seemed divided over what constitutes an organic human suggesting increasing anxiety over the post human era and the consequences of our continued cyborgization themes which have yet to be addressed by society at large In my fourth and final year from which I just returned discussions did not circle around a single point but seemed to be fleeing from some truth none were willing to speak of What a surprise that big name philosophers who in previous years did not hesitate to share their profound wisdom in a language that was philosophical but plain nuanced but direct now seemed to be hiding behind words It was as if there was something they could not say Their presentations became more academic their focus more narrowed The absence of a theme was obvious and that I believe was the only theme We are in a moment of cultural stagnation where the only thing to say is that we have nothing to say The great contemporary philosophers of our age are in intellectual retreat Something about this historical moment is leaving the discipline of Western philosophy blind The great minds seem aware of a presence but unable to get to it directly So they fill the air with empty words that while philosophically

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  • cyborgs Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Occupy Wall Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home cyborgs Philosophy at Zero Point by Micah M White Have we reached systemic collapse and civilizational crisis December 3 2009 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 Submissions Reprints Jobs

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/cyborgs/ (2016-02-09)
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  • #82 Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    from Adbusters issue 82 April 3 2009 Revolutionary Spirit by Kalle Lasn Young people in the West are pissed off as they stare into an increasingly empty and precarious future March 27 2009 Hey President Obama by Kalle Lasn A closer examination of the White House s new economic recovery team shows that we can expect more of the same March 24 2009 Pachamama by Chris Wood Ecuador provides the

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  • obama Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    2010 Hey President Obama by Kalle Lasn A closer examination of the White House s new economic recovery team shows that we can expect more of the same March 24 2009 The Politics of Youth by Micah M White Adbusters Contributing Editor Micah White asked Michael Hardt whether he thinks Generation Obama has revolutionary potential February 26 2009 The End of Apathy by Sarah Nardi Generation O reveals its revolutionary

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  • facebook Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    we re cyborgs February 28 2013 Fatal Distraction by adbusters Rebellion is distracted disorganized and heavily policed February 5 2013 Joel Bakan The Panopticon by Joel Bakan Power of the new media January 4 2012 Bleak Shallow and Repetitive by Irene Angelopoulos Virtual life seems increasingly less worth living February 16 2010 Facebook Suicide by Carmen Joy King Destroy your carefully constructed virtual image in four easy clicks October 3

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  • America's Revolution - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    turned to protest I remember the mood in 2003 when 38 million people worldwide gathered to voice their opposition to the impending invasion of Iraq On the streets of New York we felt that we had finally accomplished an organizational feat capable of altering the future I watched as my friends broke through barricades and I refused to move as police horses charged a blocked street nearly trampling my head The revolutionary momentum was at a peak it felt like anything was possible and that a new world was truly within our grasp How could the world leaders stand against us when we were able to organize and synchronize protests on every continent in the world But our movement didn t stop America from invading Iraq The much heralded Day X a day of civil disobedience that was supposed to sweep the nation fizzled out without noticeable achievements Our failure to prevent the Iraq war dealt a blow to our confidence and our momentum dissipated Although the Bush administration was able to stem the tide briefly it did nothing to weaken our vision merely driving us underground and making our present resurgence more powerful And in place of the naïve hopes of yesterday are the mature demands of today voiced in whispers in our hopeful hearts a dangerous conspiracy to outlast the regime to maintain our youthful exuberance but temper it with wise consideration We ve seen enough in the seven long years since 9 11 to know that we were right to question the war and to trust that inevitably we can change the future Our momentum is growing Bush is done consumerism is collapsing and the patricians are dancing for plebeian votes On the horizon appear presidential candidates who claim to be the source of our strength but

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  • Why We Torture - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    texts to the crowd applicable to the wrongs done to him and their rights On being required to incriminate himself No man should be compelled to be his own executioner He survived two and a half years in Fleet prison gagged and kept in solitary confinement shackled and starving The first act of the Long Parliament in November 1642 was to set him free to abolish the Court of Star Chamber and to adopt a resolution that its sentence was illegal and against the liberty of the subject and also bloody cruel wicked barbarous and tyrannical Lilburne s principled and public stance and the extraordinary political movement of which he was part the Levellers produced far more than a brief reaction of abhorrence to the use of torture and arbitrary imprisonment By the end of the 17th century there had crystallized the foundation of the concepts upon which we draw now and which we constantly choose to forget or ignore most importantly the concept of inalienable rights that pertain to the individual and not to the state The Levellers insisted that the inalienable rights were possessed by the people and were conferred on them not by Parliament but by God no justification by the state could therefore ever justify their violation For the preservation of these and the limitation of parliamentary power the Levellers formulated a written constitution never adopted in England in the new world it became a political reality In both countries due process the legal concept that gives effect to the idea of fairness was born from these ideas Once evidence of any country s willingness to resort to torture is exposed reactions of decency and humanity can be invoked without the necessity of legal explanation Less likely is any instinctive reaction to evidence in the destruction of concepts of procedural fairness Yet in the imprecision and breadth of accusations leading in turn to the banning of books and the criminalization of ideas and religious thought and in the wrong committed by secret courts hearing secret evidence the lessons of John Lilburne and Star Chamber have been in the last ten years deliberately abandoned and sustained battles have still to be fought to reclaim the majority The shocking reckless and ruthless disregard of all of these concepts seen in recent years is neither new nor unique to this country or to the US The history of regions other than our own shows how fragile are the laws and their applications that we assume protect us when faced with a government determined to follow a contrary path Repeatedly historically even nations which have recently emerged from the fires of hell remember the experience as it relates to themselves but yet consign others to the same fate Fewer than ten years after then end of WWII and only eight years from the UN Declaration of Human Rights the first reports of the use of torture by the French against the Algerians fighting their war of independence began to emerge

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/why-we-torture/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Jesse Ball, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Kick It Over Occupy Wall Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Jesse Ball The Curfew February 2 2012 by Jesse Ball Tags 100 teaser teaser teaser 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 Submissions Reprints Jobs Contact Culture

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