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  • This is our Apollo - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    s best and brightest up to these days Well Elon Musk wants to take us to Mars the folks at Google are into everything from life extension to driverless cars Bill Gates is spending billions to eradicate diseases Yuri Milner has bet 100 million on finding life out there in the universe and out of Silicon Valley comes a never ending stream of ventures meant to turn the disruption of life as we know it into the next economic bubble These are big ideas magnificent even And yet these projects don t hit at the biggest challenge of our times The human experiment on Planet Earth is now in grave danger the temperature is rising and no one knows how to stop it Extreme weather rising sea levels drought wildfires crop failures humanity s centre will not hold and we face a fall into a very long dark age This is our Apollo to pull life on Planet Earth back from the climate brink It will take everything we ve got technology mobilization transformation a million new memes an ability to imagine beyond borders and cultures and generations It will take the combined genius of a billion daydreams This is the great project of our times and it kicks off on December 19 billionpeoplemarch org FROM Adbusters 122 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 5 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Climate Denialism Our march of progress has hit the wall 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 up and reordered from a

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  • Awakening the Giant - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    mathematician who failed to solve a problem in his early twenties and used that as evidence that the problem itself no longer exists But would it not be better to give up on the name to find another name less compromised one with a less tragic history If we accept that the model of state socialism called communism is not a model we would want to see revived should we not give up on the very label communism To do so Michael Hardt argued at the London conference would be to leave behind the long history of struggles dreams and aspirations that are tied to it In a similar vein Badiou argues that the communist hypothesis is not confined to its Leninist sequence but has existed since the beginning of the state since the moment that mass action began to oppose state coercion in the name of egalitarian justice from the slave revolt led by Spartacus to the Paris Commune Here Badiou follows Marx who wrote after the brutal suppression of the Commune and the massacre of tens of thousands of revolutionary workers that the principles of the Commune are eternal and indestructible they will present themselves again and again until the working class is liberated At the London communism conference Žižek addressed the question of failure by quoting a passage from Lenin s On Ascending a High Mountain Dating from just after the introduction of the New Economic Policy of 1922 the text concerns the need to avoid despondency in the face of that retreat from the abolition of market relations and private property Using the metaphor of a climber forced to descend to the valley after a first failed attempt Lenin writes of both the malicious joy of those who hope to see the climber fall and of those who conceal their glee remarking that they too would like to see the mountain scaled but had warned that now was not the right time that the conditions were not right and that scaling the mountain prematurely risked a failure that would discredit the great plan to climb the mountain in good time Those communists are doomed Lenin writes who believe that it is possible to proceed without retreats and alterations of the course Communists who have no illusions he says who do not give way to despondency and who preserve their strength and flexibility to begin from the beginning over and over again in approaching an extremely difficult task are not doomed and in all probability will not perish Fail again fail better as Samuel Beckett would say To begin from the beginning Žižek argued cannot mean simply holding ground or returning to a previous point of strength Rather as Lenin said it means forging a path with no vehicle no road absolutely nothing that had been tested beforehand It is necessary Žižek says to return to the valley to rethink all assumptions to begin again from the very beginning In The Communist Hypothesis which was published in

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  • Fear of Flying - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    sincerity is quantifiable The potential for financial liberation no matter how unlikely is intoxicating Likewise if a movement has currency sincerity honesty and a hint of real liberation people will come Tahrir Square London Syria Vancouver Stanley Cup riot All sincere regardless of cause Australian author and environmentalist Clive Hamilton has been arguing for the past decade that the left has been floundering around like a bunch of whiny holier than thou beach bodies screaming how to save the world without first having ensured that they too won t be sucked under the wave The left make poor lifeguards is essentially what he means They don t ensure their own safety personal liberation and are likely to be drowned by the victim they are trying to save the converts This is not an argument about hypocrisy far from it It is a psychological assessment of what Hamilton considers the savior complex endemic in the global left A complex that has no currency without corresponding personal sincerity Do this Do that Don t consume that Buy this We ll fight the corporations Lets fight the right wingers A better world is possible A cacophony of soft maxims supported by desperate bodies throwing their personal misgivings and unhappiness onto the altar of activism the same impulse that drives entire populations into ethnic nationalism religious conversion and other ubiquitous populist enterprises A Christian missionary in Thailand once told me that Buddhists don t hear what you say they hear what you do The villagers observed him and his family closely how they treated each other noting expressions of love equality respect humility and modesty The most important quality of all to them he said was whether he had a spiritual revelation manifest in an outpouring of personal joy This caused great concern to his colleagues and despite several years of effort they converted no one He and his missionary friends were gloomy and homesick They offered a new system to the Thai villagers but not a new way of being That is where as Hamilton argues the left is today A system without soul A people in denial An obsession looking for a cause A mass of people looking outward when they should be looking in We have all seen it Maybe we are even these archetypes ourselves The close minded open minded person Well versed in emancipation and cutting edge lefty rhetoric but altogether intolerable anal pedantic arrogant rude and fully convinced they know what is best for society Or the idealist who hops from cause to cause virulently condemning a belief they wholeheartedly embraced only a short time ago trying to convert you to direct your energy toward the latest paradigm Or the usual suspect protesters manifesting a collective oppositional defiance disorder against anything and anyone representing vague concepts of power Their own lives might be in shambles without spiritual relief entirely unable to define their action beyond a sentence but that does not matter to their leaders What has become

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  • sleep Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    is one of the unvanquishable remnants of the everyday October 28 2015 The underground man by Andy Merrifield by Andy Merrifield September 29 2015 We wink to them Good Night by adbusters For the past few decades globally many well meaning but demoralized people especially artists and intellectuals but also activists have been losing sleep They suffer from a peculiarly debilitating activist insomnia consisting of relentless Facebook March 16 2015

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  • internet Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    green hill near our house a place where no one ever went It was an easy trek over the backyard fence and up April 1 2015 Why so bored by Umair Haque Here s a tiny confession I m bored What am I bored of Everything Blogs books music art business ideas politics tweets movies science math technology but more than that the spirit of the age the October 1

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  • adbusters, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment - Page 7 of 46
    Tags enviroment china growth 121 China s rise has come at horrific social and environmental cost False Prophets September 1 2015 by adbusters Tags economics 121 bankers The Most Omniscient People in the World Central bankers are the heroic back end programmers of the capitalist algorithm We are all enthralled by their fiscal machinations When they raise interest rates we say ooohhh Dead End August 29 2015 by adbusters Tags 121 Quadrillions of hours of human existence are transcoded daily from the physical to the virtual realm This evolutionary leap is every bit as monumental as our leap from the ocean to land millions of Aware August 28 2015 by adbusters Tags Techno Artificial Intelligence 121 The decoupling of intelligence from consciousness Numbers August 26 2015 by adbusters Tags 121 Look at what the so called experts have done You Cyborg August 26 2015 by adbusters Tags Techno Cyborg 121 The other day I bought the finishing piece to my newest ensemble the watch I ve already got the glasses the smartphone the tablet and most of my clothes are tailored to incorporate interactive technology The can t get Lost Generation August 24 2015 by adbusters Tags Generation Andrew Mills

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  • Jazz and Jihad: The Discourse on Solidarity - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    we lose interest Why don t we fight Why aren t we a mass movement I am not so sure whether I have the exact answers at my disposal yet I may be able to throw some light on the issue Cultural Clash I am inclined to admit that the notion of Cultural Clash has indeed some deep meanings especially when it comes to the discourse of solidarity Naturally we tend to expect the subject of our solidarity to endorse our views while dumping his own As much as Blair and Bush insist upon democratizing the Muslim world we the so called left humanists have our own various agendas for the region and its people In Europe some archaic Marxists are convinced that working class politics is the only viable outlook of the conflict and its solution Some other deluded socialists and egalitarians are talking about liberating the Muslims of their religious traits The cosmopolitans within the solidarity movement would suggest to Palestinians that nationalism and national identity belongs to the past Noticeably many of us love Muslim and Arabs as long as they act as white post enlightenment Europeans In other words we love Muslims as long as they stop being Muslims For those who fail to realize I may as well mentioned that working class politics has nothing to do with Palestine Iraq or Afghanistan For those who fail to see the obvious truth I may as well mention that the industrial revolution has never made it to Gaza Furthermore the landslide victory of the Hamas proves beyond doubt that Palestinians are not exactly on the verge of dropping Islam The million Shias that protested in Najaf last Monday were not exactly secular Arabs either It is crucial to mention that the Palestinian struggle is a national struggle The million Iraqi Shias who followed their Cleric Muqtada al Sadr last Monday were overtly burning American flags while raising their own Iraqi ones as high as they could In other words we have good reason to believe that they may hold a consistent and genuine nationalist vision of their conflict and its resolution Again to expect Palestinians or Iraqis to become secular cosmopolitan and working class ideologists is to expect Arabs and Muslims to act as European Marxists It has noting to do with solidarity it is actually nothing but projection We project our solipsistic worldviews on others Self centered Activism In Lacanian terminology love means loving oneself through the other At large our notion of solidarity is not much different we run a constant risk of performing solidarity with ourselves through the suffering of Palestinians and Iraqis We are at risk of using Palestinians and Iraqis as an approval of our greatness Alternatively I would suggest that to support the other means to accept otherness to accept that which you may never grasp To accept otherness is to let in the unknown and the unfamiliar To support Palestine is to back the Hamas and to support Iraq is

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  • Fighting For Air: An interview with Eric Klinenberg - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the FCC has been very effective at changing the rules of the media business to suit the interests of the world s largest communications companies When the FCC wants to be effective it can be But I m concerned that it pays too much attention to censoring speech in an arbitrary manner and not enough attention to promoting the public interest and maintaining quality journalism and diverse voices in the media One of the really striking things that happens when you have consolidation when these large companies start taking over so much of the field they inevitably buy out the small independently operated minority and female owned stations too In the last decade we ve seen a dramatic decline in the number of minority and female owned broadcast stations television and radio In a time when politicians give lip service to the virtues of diversity the polices that promote media consolidation are in fact crushing small independent minority owned stations SC The FCC tried to loosen media ownership rules before in 2003 but the courts turned it down How determined are they to see these rules broken down EK The FCC is a pretty interesting agency It s extraordinary how much power this agency has given how undemocratic it is The way that it s constituted is that the sitting president gets to pick three of the five commissioners So the Bush administration has made sure it s got three Republicans willing to advance the deregulatory agenda which is why the FCC is pushing so hard again this year But what surprised a lot of people was that the 1996 Telecommunications Act which allowed for an unprecedented level of media consolidation came under Bill Clinton and in fact the Democrats in the White House ended up being far more supportive of media consolidation than many people would have liked them to be But that was a different time and today I think the Democrats get this issue and a lot of congressional Republicans see media consolidation as a no win situation for the American public Figures like Trent Lott and the National Rifle Association are concerned that media consolidation has meant a loss of local control for the communities where they serve Even economic libertarians like William Safire who is famously opposed to almost all regulation got really upset about media consolidation because he thought deregulation had gone too far SC The FCC is holding more public hearings this time around than it did in 2003 Do you think they re more aware of the problems with media consolidation EK They are holding hearings The commissioners are aware that there is an overwhelming public opposition and the Republicans on the commission are in a bind today because on the one hand they feel compelled to promote the Bush Administration s agenda but on the other hand the three Republican commissioners have political ambitions of their own I think they re a little reluctant to become full SC ale deregulators in

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