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  • Degrowth - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    sovereigns were not shy of dépense The Mayor s Hall is a form of public dépense which we do not want to reproduce but that we not reproach as such We are aware that the gold in London s Guildhall is the outcome of the exploitation of workers colonies and ecosystems by the British Empire We are against such dispossessions and depletions But our point here is about the destiny of surplus not its origin Social surplus might be and has often been the outcome of exploitation but it doesn t have to commonwealth can be generated without exploitation The progressives who took issue with Cameron s talk condemned the contradiction between the display of wealth and his call for austerity Indeed there is nothing contradictory to call upon between this wealth being a product of exploitation and Cameron s call for austerity i e more exploitation of workers Many ecologists will find it hard to accept a non utilitarian waste of resources because their imaginary is so strongly wedded to the idea of natural scarcity But scarcity is social Since the stone age we have had more than what we need for a basic standard of living The original affluent societies of Sahlins did not experience scarcity not because they had a lot but because they did not know what scarcity means and thought they always had enough They consumed what they gathered and they never accumulated Scarcity calls for economizing and accumulating this is why the common sense in industrial society is that scarcity is the major problem of humanity This is why scarcity is the sine qua non of capitalism Our message to frugal ecologists is that it is better to waste resources in gold decorations in a public building or drink them in a big feast than put them in good use accelerating even more the extraction of new resources and the degradation of the environment It is the only way to escape Jevons paradox the fact that the more efficient we become and the more resources we save the more we end up consuming as their cost goes down Accumulation drives growth not waste Even in a society of frugal subjects with a downscaled metabolism there will still be a surplus that would have to be dispensed if growth is not to be reactivated For those who are concerned that there are not enough resources to secure basic needs let alone waste them uselessly let us note the incredible amount of resources currently dispensed in bubbles and zero sum positional games whose aim is nothing else than the circulation of capital in fact what Krugman calls for Economists realize now that bubbles are not an aberration they are vital for capitalism and growth Think of the immense amount of resources spent on professional sports cinema and commercial modern art financial services or all sorts of positional consumption the latest cars houses or gadgets whose only fleeting value is that they are the latest A football

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  • Beyond the Growth Paradigm - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    diet which can lead to death through famine It has been said time and time again There is nothing worse than a growth society without growth The key to achieving this rationalism lies in politicizing our culture to revive the idea of citizenship ecological citizenship We currently have corporate determinism not political leadership and a society of consumers not of citizens People are little more than factors of production in a sort of corporatist Marxist economic dystopia By recognizing that unchecked economic growth itself is the problem degrowth is more mature and rational than the more familiar environmental or enviro political movements As Professor Valérie Fournier at the University of Leicester School of Management wrote in the International Journal of Sociology In becoming mainstream sustainability has been washed out of its more radical questioning of economic models and especially economic growth If there is to be any hope of a sustainable future it is precisely economic growth that needs to be called into question Sustainable development and ecological modernization only serve to sustain the unsustainable they not only absolve major corporations and a capitalist economy of endless growth of environmental responsibilities but also cast them as the new heroes of sustainability Another improvement over mainstream environmentalism is degrowth s rejection of populism In order that it become a mass movement with mechanisms that can link local communities into a broad political movement degrowth cannot be managed at the local or direct level It is for this reason that the Parti pour la Décroissance was created and that proponents of degrowth support representative democracy They argue that while direct democracy is appropriate at small local level it cannot be organized beyond small groups of 50 people thus excluding the majority of citizens The movement took a major step forward in April

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  • harvard Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home harvard Harvard against the New School by adbusters Divestment action in campuses across the continent July 8 2015 How economics became a science by Giorgos Kallis A forgotten episode in the discpline s history reveals how diversity was killed in economics April 2 2014 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our

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  • new school Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Over Occupy Wall Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home new school Harvard against the New School by adbusters Divestment action in campuses across the continent July 8 2015 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

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  • NO MO - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    real time is far more frightening than the postmodern mind could ever have imagined Rather than seeing a march of eras a narrative progression towards a better future today we are contemporary simultaneous and a resistance to the ethics of place has developed as a consequence Today we face a global pause the time of no modernity or nomo Each one of us is a behavioral algorithm clocked analyzed monitored and conditioned We exist in a panopticon and we willingly pay our membership dues so that we too can feel connected to it this real time network of simultaneity the permanent now We are in an endless flow of simulated ambience which comes to a grinding halt the moment the network signal is lost Michael Rattray FROM Adbusters 120 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 3 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest World War 3 Between harmony and chaos Also In This Magazine What now Only an angry tide of out of control youth can bring the world to its senses August 6 2015 Heavy Reader 1990 Serbia the simple enjoyments of life a can of meat a bit of vodka August 5 2015 A new quest

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/no-mo/ (2016-02-09)
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  • American Dream Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    American Dream To be a part of and not apart by adbusters A letter to the Editor July 4 2015 The American Dream by Sherwood Hinze I have no deviant desires November 24 2011 What Does It Mean to Be Free by Kalle Lasn The question that world wars are made of May 18 2010 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back

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  • Nakba Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Nakba Heavy Reader 1948 by adbusters The scientist in me wants to find logical explanations for why people kill each other and do not simply share and care for one another July 7 2015 Remembering the Sons of Eilaboun by Gilad Atzmon Gilad Atzmon on the truth behind the Zionist project May 25 2009 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against

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  • Are we the last of the daydreamers? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    arranged I remember I was nine years old I remember lying on the green hill and reading my book or merely staring for a long long time at the sky There would be a crush of childish thoughts that would eventually dissipate piece by piece until I was left alone with my bare consciousness an experience that felt as close to religious rapture as I ever had I could feel the chilled sunlight on my face and was only slightly awake to the faraway hum of traffic This will sound more than a little fey but that young boy on the hillside did press daisies into his book of poetry And just the other day when I took that book down from its dusty post on my shelf the same pressed flower fell out of its pages after a quarter century of stillness and dropped onto my bare toes There was a deep sense memory then that returned me to that hushed state of mind on the lost green hill a state that I have so rarely known since I fear that we are the last of the daydreamers I fear our children will lose lack lose absence and never comprehend its quiet immeasurable value If the next generation socializes more online than in the so called real world and if they have no memory of a time when the reverse was true it follows that my peers and I are the last to feel the static surrounding online socialization The Internet becomes the real world and our physical reality becomes the thing that needs to be defined and set aside Excerpted from The End of Absence by Michael Harris winner of the 2014 Governor General s Literary Award for Nonfiction FROM Adbusters 118 Field Guide to Virtual Warfare Order

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