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  • Europe Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Europe Pankaj Mishra by Pankaj Mishra Non western modernity and the revolt against the West August 30 2013 Capitalism Is Crisis by Sam Cooper Suddenly alternative possibilities reveal themselves July 23 2010 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

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  • religion Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    created by man man is free to create further gods who are far more credible February 19 2015 The Solution to the Human Dilemma by Kalle Lasn As our planetary crisis deepens radical new visions of the future are bubbling up like never before All the norms rules traditions and taboos that we ve taken for granted for centuries are suddenly up October 19 2013 Pankaj Mishra by Pankaj Mishra

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  • east Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Non western modernity and the revolt against the West August 30 2013 China Inc by Boštjan Videmšek The Mother of All Corporations May 30 2013 East vs West by adbusters Intuition or Intellect May 15 2013 What Do You See by Ian Bullock Is your brain East or West January 4 2010 How Can We Prevent The USA From Declining Too Quickly by Mark Leonard Chinese academics discuss a framework

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  • west Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    it provincializes and isolates its wielders from the experience of the vast majority of humankind the relatively powerless This explains the wishful thinking October 14 2014 Western Pyramid vs Islamic Rhizome by adbusters Which strategic archetype has the edge August 21 2014 Is There Such a Thing as Human Nature by Ethan Watters Ethan Watters unravels the Western Mind October 25 2013 Pankaj Mishra by Pankaj Mishra Non western modernity and the revolt against the West August 30 2013 East vs West by adbusters Intuition or Intellect May 15 2013 What Do You See by Ian Bullock Is your brain East or West January 4 2010 How Can We Prevent The USA From Declining Too Quickly by Mark Leonard Chinese academics discuss a framework for managing the waning of American power September 29 2008 Life at the End of Empire by Sarah Nardi Peak oil mass extinction catastrophic climate change With every passing day the signs are becoming more and more difficult to deny But we deny them anyway We swear we ll curb emissions We pledge to actively pursue an alternative energy policy We don t believe we have a problem We can stop anytime we want Just not

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  • world war Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home world war Pankaj Mishra by Pankaj Mishra Non western modernity and the revolt against the West August 30 2013 Clusterfuck by adbusters Syria and the new mode of war June 26 2013 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

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  • The Mental Environment - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    furnaces this constant pollution now seems likely to raise global temperatures five degrees in this century altering everything from rainfall to ice melt to wind speed Similarly the modern consumer economy sends up an almost infinite blitz of information and enticement till the air is so thick with it that every feature of our society is changed In neither case is it pollution in the usual sense easily cleaned with a smokestack filter or combated with a more wholesome image Instead it s a volume problem In the case of the so called information society it may be the largest psychological experiment in history Here s another way of saying it We are the first few generations to receive most of our sense of the world mediated rather than direct to have it arrive through one screen or another instead of from contact with other human beings or with nature If the mental environment we live in has a single distinctive feature the way that oxygen defines our atmosphere it is self absorption That s what a mental environment gone awry has produced that is the toxic outcome of our era s unique pollution Some years ago working on a book I watched every word and image that came across the largest cable system in the world in a 24 hour period more than 2 000 hours of ads and infomercials music videos and sitcoms If you boiled this stew down to its basic ingredient this is what you found repeated ad infinitum You are the most important thing on Earth the heaviest object in the universe From the fawning flattery of the programming to the mind messing nastiness of the commercials it continually posited a world of extreme individualism Even more than say violence that s the message that flows out the coaxial cable Characters on television may turn violent to get what they want now but it s the what they want now that lies nearer the heart of the problem This hyperindividualism is a relatively new phenomenon in our lives For most of human history people have put something else near the center the tribe the gods the natural world But a consumer society can t tolerate that because having something else at the center complicates consumption This appeal to us as individual fragments grows ever more powerful and precise Most of the new technologies premise their appeal especially to advertisers on their ability to target with frightening accuracy our locations and our psyches So far the assaults on our mental environment have been mainly from the outside but we are seeing sorties on the inside too Already we see psychopharmacology rampant the ranks of people who need such medicine swelled by a creeping malaise a gradual redefinition of our foibles of our tiny personal tragedies There are pills for the camera shy for shopper s remorse for the stresses of personal bankruptcy it s getting crowded in the collective bummer tent Before long genetic engineers may

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  • Revolution or Collapse - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    of poverty in such a short time From a backward stagnant largely agrarian socialism in poverty Deng Xiaoping brought in foreign investors introduced market incentives set up export bases turned China into the light industrial workshop of the world and renovated China s huge state owned enterprises SOEs Three and a half decades of surging economic growth lifted China from the world s tenth largest economy in 1979 to No 1 by 2014 What s more after decades of export based growth China s 12th Five Year Plan 2011 2015 sought to refocus the economy on internal market demand to realize Xi Jinping s Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation and turning China into a mass consumer society on the model of the United States As China sailed right through the global near collapse of 2008 9 hardly missing a beat while western capitalist economies have struggled to keep from falling back into recession even the Thatcherite Economist magazine had to concede that China s State Capitalism may be in certain respects superior to capitalist democracies and is perhaps even the wave of the future But China s rise has come at horrific social and environmental cost It s difficult to grasp the demonic violence and wanton recklessness of China s profit driven assault on nature and on the Chinese themselves Ten years ago in an interview with Der Spiegel magazine in March of 2005 Pan Yue China s eloquent young Vice Minister of China s State Environmental Protection Agency SEPA told the magazine that the Chinese miracle will end soon because the environment can no longer keep pace We are using too many raw materials to sustain our growth Our raw materials are scarce we don t have enough land and our population is constantly growing Currently there are 1 3 billion people living in China that s twice as many as 50 years ago In 2020 there will be 1 5 billion but desert areas are expanding at the same time habitable and usable land has been halved over the past 50 years Acid rain is falling on one third of Chinese territory half of the water in our seven largest rivers is completely useless while one fourth of our citizens do not have access to clean drinking water One third of the urban population is breathing polluted air and less than 20 percent of the trash in cities is treated and processed in an environmentally sustainable manner Because air and water are polluted we are losing between 8 and 15 of our gross domestic product And that doesn t include the costs for health In Beijing alone 70 to 80 of all deadly cancer cases are related to the environment And criticizing western economists who reassure us that more growth is the key to repairing the environmental damage done from growth Pan said And there is yet another mistake It s the assumption that economic growth will give us the financial resources to cope with the crises surrounding

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  • Looking for Salvation - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    salvation at least in the sense that word has been given in the religious sensibility of the Western world over the last two millennia or so and which was adopted from that sensibility by so theist and civil religions during that time They are not pounding on the doors of the human condition trying to get or consoling themselves with the belief that sooner or later someone or something is going to rescue them from the allegedly horrible burden of having bodies that pass through the extraordinary journey of ripening toward death that we call life They are seeking many of these people They are not satisfied with who they are or how they relate to the cosmos and so they have needs that religions can meet What they are seeking though is not escape from the world but wholeness within the world s greater whole a sense of connection and community that embraces not only other people but the entire universe around them and reaches out also to the creative powers that move through that universe and sustain its being and theirs Many of them are comfortable with their own mortality and at ease with what Christian theologians call humanity s creaturely status the finite and dependent nature of human existence What troubles them is not the inevitability of death or the reality of limits but a lack of felt connection with the cosmos and with the whole systems that sustain their lives John Michael Greer After Progress FROM Adbusters 120 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 3 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Debt controls you How Many How Much Also In This Magazine Leviathan The end of history has arrived and it is in post Soviet Russia September 22 2015 Your life on the

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