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  • the question of progress - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    my colleagues did not seem to me to go very deep It seemed almost entirely professional and notional without any echo in the conduct of their busy well organized ambitious and purposeful lives No such thing as progress Seriously Who actually lives with such an assumption Even our occasional efforts to sound fatalistic in our speech betray all the things that such speech silently presumes that as free and purposeful beings we cannot help projecting certain ideals or goals if even only short range or proximate ones into the inchoate future This is particularly so in the United States where every lamentation has a way of turning into a jeremiad and thereby into a form of moral exhortation and a call to improvement and thus to become the polar opposite of fatalism The language of true fatalism would be stony and resigned silence and that is not what we see or hear There is a difference between what we think and what we think we think Still the idea of progress in history the liberation of the Enlightenment the grand choral ode of the nineteenth century the marching music central to the rise and dominance of the modern West has gradually become problematic to us Not only is it our faith in the inevitability of progress that we question but also the very idea that we would have any sure means of judging what progress is if indeed it does occur Some of this can be attributed to intellectual fashion or cultural boredom or the occasional metastasizing of the Western self critical impulse into a raging self hatred what Pascal Bruckner has called the tyranny of guilt But the nub of the problem arises not out of psychology but out of history The idea of progress received a rude and

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/article/the-question-of-progress/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Why is our Flag black? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    at all the hideous crimes against humanity perpetrated in the name of allegiance to one State or another It is anger and outrage at the insult to human intelligence implied in the pretenses hypocrisies and cheap chicaneries of governments Howard Ehrlich Reinventing Anarchy Again FROM Adbusters 123 Manifesto for World Revolution Pt VI Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Welcome to PeñaNietoland the question of progress

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  • Welcome to PeñaNietoland - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    have facilitated the selling off of the country s resources and local industry to transnational corporations Our oil and manufacturing sectors have been sold to corporations such as Royal Dutch Exxon Mobil Texaco Chevron and British Petroleum Mexico has been sold out to big business under the pretense of economic growth and prosperity yet only a small group of friends and business people have benefitted from this growth Over 50 million are now poor Free televisions are given out as compensation for the lack of education and basic services Nieto s shadow business interests have been exposed by investigative journalism A 7 million dollar mansion called the White House is under the ownership of the Higa Group a construction firm The Higa Group owns the house while Nieto and his family occupy it and as a result the group has benefitted from numerous projects and contracts To protect his image Nieto pays large sums of money to media companies like Televisa and TV Azteca He pays off journalists newspapers even going so far as to purchase magazine covers such as Time and Rolling Stone All of this to white wash his image and keep the critics at bay The truth is his government is corrupt but the polls suggest his popularity To counteract his media image image memes that use humor and sarcasm are appearing attempting to tell the world the truth about what is happening in Mexico We do not live in a fair country a happy country concerned for all its citizens In truth we are under a perfect dictatorship that denies us freedom of choice and expression Many memes remain unpublished out of fear Local media owners editors they are afraid of punishment The government will remove advertising dollars and run them out of business Social networks

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  • So very different - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    fortunate We are extremely wealthy in Canada bordering the excessive The maid that worked in my Nica family s home made 40 US per month working 6 days a week Sometimes I d go away for a weekend trip and spend two or three times her monthly salary There are fewer jobs and fewer options in Nica Yet there is a substantial friend and family support network many live in the same town for their entire lives But people seem happier They laugh louder and more often What a privilege it is to travel by plane car bus and bicycle Many of us take short vacations to tropical places regularly which is an incredible concept It is a luxury and a privilege to be able to take time off and still keep your job Although Nica has labor laws sweatshops are built in free trade zones and therefore exempt from all laws They bribe the government annually to make sure they won t be asked to leave People work 12 16 hour days 6 days a week They are fired the moment they get sick injured pregnant or old They are given a 15 minute lunch break and ten minutes a day to use the washroom Literally a card is given to each employee they put it into a slot in the bathroom door to open it once inside there is a timer for 10 minutes maximum My friends told me of one that was so bad the people chose to wear diapers so as to ensure that they didn t lose their job My Nica friends would be astounded by our food portions especially for meat They would be aghast by the way we buy new clothes new phones or new houses when our old ones are still in

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/article/so-very-different/ (2016-02-09)
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  • World Revolution Day - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    us the will to divine a new world To dream a new dream Now three years on from Occupy we re ready for the next step the seamless total globalization of our movement It s time to start forging networks building alliances and learning how to buzz together strategically to pull off coordinated global actions stage mega corporate boycotts and launch trickster memes culture jams and happenings of all kinds In the process we ll spiritually unify all our national movements into a single global force and our battle tactic will become one of subtlety and subversion hover and sting actively waiting for our revolutionary moment to come Maybe it will come on the anniversary of the movement on April Fool s Day or in the heady days of riot after the next financial bubble bursts Maybe our revolutionary moment of truth will come after the release of the next International Panel on Climate Change IPCC report when it suddenly dawns on everyone that the G7 leaders operating within their corpo capitalist algorithm are systematically incapable of dealing with the warming of our planet and the slide of our species into the sludge of history Whenever the critical moment comes

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/world-revolution-day/ (2016-02-09)
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  • #S17 Anniversary - A manifesto for the year ahead - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    no programmer of the old language can re write it The Earth is getting sick The culture is in terminal decline Mental illness is the number one cause of lost workplace hours in America What other indicator does one need Rejection is not ungratefulness it s a beautiful and sincere longing for a sane and sustainable tomorrow But as the valves are twisted tighter well you can see the result everywhere Last July as hundreds of thousands of protesters were marching in cities throughout Turkey and Brazil Adbusters creative director Pedro Inoue skipped work to join the magic in the streets He sent us this testimony from the center of São Paulo a portrait that became the backbone of one of our most spirited and hopeful publications yet We ve long been accused of being too negative yet here our readers saw a bright light It s something you feel when the lover in your arms is laughing and you feel like your heart is going to break because there couldn t possibly be any more room for good inside The high begins to float you away We were walking to the governor s house taking time along the way to talk look at people waving flags from apartment windows listen to chants coming and going like waves in this sea of people I looked into this kid s eyes He kept talking but I only remember those eight words Man what a beautiful world we live in he said I was mesmerized by the shine in his eyes Sparks Flashes Pulses Bursts of light When the global revolution finally arrives it s going to shine everywhere like that The conditions that spurred on the Greek anarchists the Arab Spring the Spanish indignados Occupywallstreet the Chilean student revolt Pussy riot the Quebec uprising idlenomore Yo Soy 132 in Mexico and the insurrections in Istanbul Lima Bulgaria and São Paulo have only worsened Inequality is reaching obscene proportions in America and many other nations There is an ever greater concentration of wealth ever bigger banks a steady increase of high frequency trading HFT derivative confusion and outbursts of rogue financial algorithms that send markets dipping and waning beyond any human control 1 3 trillion in speculative financial transactions keep swirling around the planet every day The stage is now set for a much more catastrophic market crash than 2008 And inside each and every one of us the desire for real is growing Real economy Real democracy Real possibilities Real humanity Real leadership Real horizons Real interactions Real things Real life Three Metamemes for the Future Here at Adbusters we see three big tactical breakthrough ideas three metamemes that have the power to veer this global trainwreck of ours from its date with disaster Make no mistake the crash is a brutal world a barbarian reality It s a happening that none of us should seek out joyfully Yet we cannot just go with the flow sing with the speed and

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/s17-anniversary-a-manifesto-for-the-year-ahead/ (2016-02-09)
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  • What is Occupy morphing into? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    paradigms power structures and civilizational norms are biting the dust Capitalism infinite growth based economics the sacred morality of Western leadership the invincibility of totalitarian and corporate driven regimes the cult of individualism all the sacred touchstones of our civilization are reeling under attack like never before As our first anniversary passes we can see that our indignation the nascent revolution the calls for new ways of being are just one part of the global insurrectionary jam Tunisia Tahrir Indignados Casseroles Pussy Rioters Libya Syria Bahrain Russia Chile China Spain Greece Quebec Indonesia and beyond the world political compass hasn t wobbled like this since 1968 The ecstatic confusion points to global seismic shift a new point of collective reference is appearing on the horizon So what can we make of all this Yes we here in North America gave birth to something weird and wonderful that swept the world last year but now as the global heartbeat thumps ever louder the fire in our bellies is smoldering and we are just one of a myriad of revolutionary forces pulsing through the world We must get over our obsession with ourselves our neurotic micromanaging of our GAs and encampments and

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/what-is-occupy-morphing-into/ (2016-02-09)
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  • S17 anniversary - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    and Spain Witness the growing tempo of green riots across China the South African miner strikes the corruption protests of India the freedom fight in Bahrain the tremors of dissent in Saudi Arabia the total loss of confidence in America s corporate funded Coke Pepsi election show Then add to that the crippling droughts looming food scarcity the end of easy oil and the tipping points hovering ominously on the horizon Occupy began as a primal scream against the monied corruption of our democracy but after a year of struggling against an unrepentant corporatocracy our goals are now deeper our dreams wilder We see a common thread emerging a blue green black hybrid politics that unites and elevates our movement On the blue front we eradicate the commercial virus infecting our culture we liberate the flow of information champion the leakers protect anonymity and break up the corporate media monopolies with outrageous creative hacks On the deep green front we push towards a decisive victory in the forty year environmentalist struggle we institute a binding international accord on climate change pursue a worldwide de growth economic agenda funded by a Robin Hood Tax and establish an across the board true cost market regime in which the price of every product tells the ecological truth On the black front we restore the dominion of people over corporations by all nonviolent means necessary we unleash a visceral wave of jams meme wars and cultural interventions against the monied elite the financial fraudsters paid for politicians and megacorporate outposts in our cities We kill off criminal corporations like Goldman Sachs Exxon Pfizer Monsanto Philip Morris and others that have broken the public trust A radical blue green black transformation of the current global system might sound hopefully idealistic foolishly utopian even radically impossible

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/action/occupywallstreet/s17-anniversary/ (2016-02-09)
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