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  • Agency vs Autonomy - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    term no longer makes any sense to us By some inscrutable cultural logic idiocy that is a lack of involvement gets recast as something desirable It is important to understand that there has been no high tech development that makes it no longer important to stay on top of oil consumption and leakage With enough miles oil is still consumed and it will still leak running low on oil will still trash the motor There is nothing magical about Mercedes though such a superstition is encouraged by the absence of a dipstick The facts of physics have not changed what has changed is the place of those facts in our consciousness Mental and bodily involvement with the machines we use entails a kind of agency Yet the decline of such involvement through technological accretions intended to make our machine less obtrusive is precisely the development that makes for an increase in autonomy Is there a paradox here Not having to futz around with machines we are free to simply use them for our purposes There seems to be a tension between a certain kind of agency and a certain kind of autonomy and this is worth thinking about In particular there is a tension between autonomy understood as the limitless choice of an unfettered self let s call this freedomism the anthropology that is tacit in much advertising and the kind of agency that is exercised in any skillful performance In any hard discipline whether it be gardening structural engineering or learning Russian one submits to things that have their own intractable ways An authoritative structure which commands my respect is not a commodity Consumerism might be understood as the tendency to replace such demanding structures and disciplines with undemanding quasi substitutes As Albert Borgmann writes a musical instrument is

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  • Lauren Alnwick-Pfund - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    and finally has it working All he seems to do is play around He does it so well Irresistibly well And it mostly works On me anyway Feel that he says holding his hand in front of the vent I can t reach So that I can he lifts me up bodily For some reason I melt These silly gestures of his do that to me A lust for life burns hot inside me Life must triumph over the greed and carelessness that our civilization enables razed mountaintops and vacuous butchery countless species and cultures gone extinct proselytized abuse and devastation and waste and illness and misery Yet even in the eye of the storm with accelerating death and destruction all around and to this our own existence selfish genes contributes owes itself to and is in jeopardy of we still must find joy When he and I make love we follow a precise yet undeclared pattern of debauchery that reaches a climax who knows where From our first meeting we have naturally behaved boldly toward one another tumbling and wrestling and groping and reveling in reckless exploits like fools He is like a juvenile tiger rough but tender aggressive yet gentle He embodies the whole a reflection of life as a whole endless paradox and interconnectedness If humanity survives it will be because we finally have learned to love life So far I am a revolutionary among my peers in my love for the living in this radical and fierce passion for the informed action that sustains life The day has not come when the majority adopt this burning paradigm but it is coming It must be because for some of us it is already here inside our heads and if we can change so can the rest and therefore so can the world Those of us who have changed are the intermediaries between the wisdom of our ancestors and our kin in the community of life and the pure arrogant folly of the civilized also our kin Just as no one doubts the earth to be round to revolve around the sun no longer can we imagine ourselves separate from and superior to the world Changed minds will incrementally create the new reality and make our culture s sweeping delusion of human superiority and the worldwide suffering that delusion causes obsolete He ravishes unpredictably exercising restraint enough to be subtle and intriguing taunting cornering or pinning me complementing tendencies I didn t know I had Simply wondering about his next move is gratifying enough for me not to ask outright and risk spoiling our real or imagined rapport I am addicted to the uncanny way these encounters arouse within me an acute awareness of death of the sacred within the profane of the mystery within the living Change is nothing to be afraid of Nor are other people anything to be afraid of They are just like you and me created by our culture and just as inconsistent

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  • The Adventure of a Different Life - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    biosphere and the atmosphere We can do this if we put our heads together and rein in our egoism But we must begin with ourselves There are too many Germans in Germany too many Americans in America and so on Our territory cannot support our daily average use of energy 150 to 160 kilowatt hours per person Let us then at least accept a reduction in the number of births naturally population movements caused by the metropolitan industrial system also must stop for they only cause problems and solve none And then lowering the basic load affects our material basic needs for food clothing housing education and health and also the need for military security for mobility and communication and for pleasure and development As a consequence of big organizations big technology transport systems determined by world markets and a security fixated psychology we satisfy these needs at the cost of a disproportionately high expenditure We solve the problems resulting from this not least of all that of protecting the environment by making ever new inroads into the nonrenewable resources of the planet But since this process is structurally determined that is given the pattern of civilization it is insoluble we must make basic changes in the structure itself This becomes especially clear when we look at the things we must abolish because without far reaching structural changes there would still remain a miserable torso of the industrial megamachine from which would come nothing but frustration What then must clearly disappear Obviously nuclear energy production But we must also give up the private automobile largely abandon truck and special vehicle traffic and close most airports Naturally the wheels of the military must also stop turning We must cut back the number of cars and the volume of chemicals we produce and we must abolish the arms industry completely Where are we to turn if industrial jobs are to be abolished in this way and we have to make do mainly with the mineral agricultural and atmospheric resources that we can still find in our own land We then must remind ourselves that human beings were not always cut off from the nourishing Earth and the tools of their work cut off not only by distance but also by property relations In spite of the density of its settlement the land in our country is still sufficient for us to meet our own needs by organic farming and gardening especially if we cut back on eating meat We could feed ourselves by the work of our own hands For tools containers storage and dwellings small industry is easily sufficient provided we limit the production of basic provisions to the immediate neighborhood say within a radius of 25 to 30 kilometers If we concentrate our intelligence on a convivial small is beautiful technology the result could be a highly productive system of tools requiring not more than four hours per day of actual work per person Everything depends on readiness for a

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  • American Hyper-Introspection - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    you should be able to chart your own path and find your own happiness and control your own destiny fundamentally without the need for others I think that this idea in the West and in America in particular has led to a great deal of insecurity and a general loading of our psychopathology I think that the human animal is much more of a group animal than the American idea of the mind suggests it to be And of course the ever expanding mental health profession is willing to take that insecurity in our lives and give it any number of different labels It was anxiety in the 1960s and 70s in the 80s and 90s it was depression and who knows what it s going to be in the next generation I do think that especially for women the quickly changing roles have caused a lot of stress Modernization breakdowns of kinship and community ties have all led to an increase in the general loading of our psychopathology KL So in a sense you are saying that instead of pills we need more connection EW Yes Absolutely I think that human beings cannot feel at ease mentally if they are disconnected from their sense of a role within a group I think that the human mind is deeply permeable to the goals and expectations of the people around us and if we don t pay attention to that if we think of ourselves as the captains of our own destiny always able to pick ourselves up by our own individual bootstraps then we are likely to experience that sort of postmodern insecurity that leads us to a certain form of American hyper introspection always looking inward FROM Adbusters 93 The Big Ideas of 2011 Order this issue Subscribe to

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  • melancholia Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Wall Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home melancholia The Weariness of the Self by adbusters Depression is the guardrail of the person with no road map January 25 2011 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

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  • GDP Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    State Economy by Herman Daly The growth economy is failing and we have to attempt a steady state economy The steady state answer is that the rich should reduce their throughput growth to free up resources and ecological space for use by the poor while focusing their domestic efforts on development technical and social improvements that can be freely shared with poor countries December 17 2008 The Crisis by Multiple

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  • Nirvana - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    That s hardly the tip of the iceberg These minds saw enough of the world to know the chaos surrounding it They saw the horror and drowned in it I think you re wrong I think Kafka knew somewhere that there is something infinite and beautiful in and beyond life But we are trapped by the human condition We fail to see what is so obvious We live for tomorrow but all we ever need is today I think he knew that but could never embody it I think his intellect prevented him from feeling peace but he knew that at the center of things was not something horrible and unknown No he knew that at the center is something heaving eternal and inexplicably divine All Kafka really needed was to drop some acid on a sunny day I think you re full of shit she said Well I shot back maybe too soon I don t think you can just read Metamorphosis and pretend to know what the fuck you re talking about I crushed the cigarette against the sole of my shoe and exhaled This was the same talk we d had a thousand times It was just taking a new form this time She was talking about life as some meaningless entity something that we try desperately to see but can t like we re staring into the sun And I was the blind optimist trying to see the beauty in those bright blue spots burned into the back of my mind You don t have to be so abrasive she said obviously hurt and beginning to tremble I m sorry babe I said I had forgotten again how easy it was to shake her I reached into my pocket for another cigarette And to think I was contesting her nihilism After finding out she was suicidal her parents had been quick to sedate her with an endless supply of prescriptions It was more lucrative for the medical world to treat her than to cure her like swallowing saltwater to quench a thirst They knew that every second she spent taking those damn pills was another moment of relative quiet And the therapists could never help her They were all too human I just don t know anymore she said starting to cry Her eyes were wet beautiful against her skin She had such a pure heart It always hurt to see her like this You never knew I joked And everyone is lost You remember the American dream Well here we are spending our time watching television rushing to get to jobs we hate shopping for shit we don t need overeating throwing up and getting drunk to numb it all The pain is universal We re all just treading water She stayed still her sobs beginning to quiet down By the look of it the weight of the world seemed to rest squarely on her alone I would shoulder it as best as I could

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  • Our march of progress has hit the wall. - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    contemporary era that we ve not been quite able to name yet then what you would see is a march of individuality selfhood and entitlement an ever expanding human footprint and how we have all bought right into this idea of historical progress Today our march of progress has hit the wall We re discovering that it has led to climate change melting ice caps dying oceans and wholesale ecosystem collapse to say nothing of the spiritual despair that comes with the death of nature Once we realize that our trajectory has collapsed in upon itself in the most spectacular way then the question arises is there a way of rolling it back How do we stop this march to extinction billionpeoplemarch org FROM Adbusters 122 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 5 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest This is our Apollo The Obliteration Room Also In This Magazine BillionPeopleMarch against a future that does not compute December 21 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

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