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  • Animal Spirits vs. Your Prof - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    a utopian future in which people give according to their abilities and receive according to their needs But around the 1950s when the logical positivists started strutting their philosophy of strict rationality applying scientific method to all social phenomena economists jumped on their bandwagon Over the next few generations they rationalized human behavior sanitized their theories and models and tried to transform economics into a mathematically driven exact science based on the model of physics Now in the wake of the financial meltdown and as climate change punches an existential hole into the current economics paradigm it is becoming painfully obvious that the rationalist enterprise is a grand delusion Not even one in a hundred nay one in a thousand professors of economics and mainstream economic policymakers around the world saw the meltdown of 2008 coming and now the logic freaks of economics are on the defensive forced to admit that their understanding of nonlinear real world systems is frail at best and that their mathematical models have very little to do with reality This is the perfect moment to end 60 years of positivist rule to grab these old school practitioners by the scruffs of their necks and toss them out of power and to give birth to a new paradigm of economics a psychonomics a bionomics an ecological economics a wide ranging multifaceted human scale discipline full of magic mystery and animal spirits once again Kalle Lasn Meme Wars The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics FROM Adbusters 110 Autumn Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Radical Transparency The Solution to the Human Dilemma Also In This Magazine Rethinking ECON Steve Keen Adbusters Professor Keen if you were a student of economics right now what would you do What advice do you have for young

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  • Marina Sitrin, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Marina Sitrin Occupy Theory July 21 2012 by Marina Sitrin Tags philosophy revolution Occupy 103 What is a Revolution Horizontalism February 21 2012 by Marina Sitrin Tags 100 social Argentina horizontalism people Voices of popular power 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

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  • Vive Quebec! - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    and very localized form of a fight against the planned rise in university fees which then spread to an opposition to the government s handling of the crisis But it is clear that at the core of the uprising is a subjectivity in revolt against the idea that business should be the paradigm for everything And this point of resistance is now mobilizing a large scale debate which concerns us all and the outcome of which is not predictable François Gauvin Would you make a comparison with the student revolt of May 1968 when you were a Maoist leader calling for revolution Alain Badiou Yes in terms of its ways of acting its style its inventiveness That is the first reminder of May 68 the first great echo of an active joyful subjectivity that does not shy away from conflict when this is needed even if it is dividing Québec society It was just the same in 1968 The students attracted sympathy but as we saw in the June 1968 legislative elections which were won by the party of General de Gaulle French society was completely divided URL http www versobooks com blogs 1033 always keep an eye on quebec

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  • The Revolution of Dignity - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    provide residual loyalty to Kiev meanwhile the hungry and wounded on the Ukrainian side are largely ignored But as the old state clings on a sort of parallel civil society government has been self organizing It feeds and equips the army provides legal and social services to internally displaced refugees brings medical aid to those who are stuck in war zones both on the Ukrainan and the rebel held side For all the bad news there appears to be some sort of social miracle taking place We ve had our February Revolution we re still to have our October Revolution a magazine editor I met joked There is talk of a third Maidan but even serious political analysts are wondering whether the next one would be orchestrated by Moscow having calculated that they can t suppress the Ukrainian talent for revolution Moscow might instead try to control the next Maidan from within And it s in Moscow that the main counternarrative to the revolution has been developed There are many geopolitical dividends Putin might hope to draw by sponsoring arming and manning the rebellion against Kiev in east Ukraine but there is an important narrative trick the Kremlin is trying to pull off too revolution is meant to equal chaos and war framed not merely as pointless but as downright bad Kremlin spin doctors put Maidan in one line of disasters along with Syria and Libya all organized by the CIA and ultimately question whether the fall of the Berlin Wall was such a great thing after all The idea is to undercut any desire for revolution at home which also means policing the stories that are told On 30 December Teatr doc Moscow s first documentary theatre in a tiny cellar off the Patriarch Ponds screened a Ukrainian film about the Maidan which didn t fit with the Kremlin s preferred picture The theatre was immediately raided by the police and the intelligence services One of the finest writers to have worked at Teatr doc is the Ukrainian Natalya Vorozhbit whose play Maidan Voices from the Uprising had a three day run at the Royal Court last year It is based on interviews and set right in the middle of the fighting beating shooting praying burning bleeding and dying of the revolution Vorozhbit plucks out little stories the soup kitchen girls who feed bums and revolutionaries on Maidan as the Berkut riot police approach their hands trembling so much the soup spills the teacher who cries every time he hears the national anthem the girl trapped in the Writers Union where silver haired literary types try to fight the Berkut the nurse who has to decide which wounded revolutionary will fly to Germany for treatment and which one will die The play s hero isn t a person but a place the Maidan itself Partners lose their lovers to the Maidan criminals have near death epiphanies and are reborn as good people in its furnaces women look for men I use the Maidan for intimate needs Good Looking Patient confesses I never met men like this in peacetime Where have they appeared from From underground I feel as if I have emerged from underground myself The Maidan gives birth to the Crowd a flowing organism taking over Kiev and to an idea of a Common Good The ideal form of government remains Communism Alexey Psychologist declares No government no army no money Everyone according to his abilities everyone according to his needs that s what I saw and felt on the Maidan The real challenge the revolutionaries face isn t so much the Berkut in fact they embrace violent confrontation but the attitude of family members who tell them that everyone on the Maidan is for sale or the taunts of the rent a thugs who say Have you had enough playing at revolution The crowd and place as hero the lack of individualization the sharp montages all this straight out of Eisenstein If we can still make art like Eisenstein Vorozhbit seems to be asking doesn t it mean we can still make revolutions like they did in the finest revolutionary years of the 20th century Maidan is an attempt to restore revolution to its former stature the Maidan as a fight for the possibility of revolutionary change There was this sense that this is it The Revolution has begun Red Headed Girl cries Now everything has started the movement everything will change everyone will be different It seemed like the world would change Another Ukrainian writer who has tried to document the course of the revolution as he experienced it is Andrey Kurkov The revolution continues but I don t think it will last long he writes in Ukraine Diaries as the crowds gather in protest against Yanukovych At first Kurkov doesn t feel much solidarity with the protesters he calls them Maidanistas radical romantics who could never defeat the Berkutovtsy and even if they did what would we do afterwards When the Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh impounds Yanukovych s luxury car and has himself driven round town in it Kurkov remarks That is just too revolutionary At the start Kurkov is quietly working on a new novel He mentions the weather oddities on the news He goes on holiday to Crimea with his family Friends bring goat s cheese from Lithuania When the first protesters are killed Kurkov is annoyed How can I keep on working on a novel when five minutes from the office where I sit at this moment in front of my computer the police are waging war with the people As the killings continue Kurkov s diary fills with rumours Who shot at the police Was it the Russians trying to incite violence What are the protest leaders real motives Revolution isn t a glorious march forwards but a series of dark acts Kurkov s daughter phones to report strange men in black hanging round the apartment Kurkov rushes home but

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  • Wuwei: No Trying, No Doing - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    shelves of archaic texts learn the precise angle at which to bow and learn the exact length of the steps with which he is to enter a room All of this rigor and restraint however is ultimately aimed at producing a cultivated but nonetheless genuine form of spontaneity We have all experienced this combination of effortlessness and effectiveness at some point in our lives While we are completely absorbed in chopping and sautéing a complex dinner assembles itself before our eyes Fully relaxed we breeze through an important job interview without even noticing how well it s going Colloquially we often speak of ourselves as if we were split in two I couldn t make myself get out of bed this morning I had to force myself to be calm I had to hold my tongue Although we use such phrases all the time if you think about them they re a bit weird Who is the self who doesn t want to get out of bed and what is its relationship to me Does my tongue really have a will of its own and how do I go about holding it And who am I if not my tongue Since there is always only one me involved this split self talk is clearly metaphorical rather than literal Talk of split selves is certainly not limited to English we can see it in many wuwei stories from early China that involve a narrative I confronting a part of the self that is more or less autonomous We can see our autonomous self in action when we walk We don t worry about how to walk we don t consciously monitor ourselves while we re walking we just walk In fact actually thinking about walking while trying to walk is a great way to trip And walking is just one of many things our body knows how to do without any input from our conscious mind When we reflect upon this we get a strong sense of being split between a conscious I and an unconscious body which often seems to have a mind of its own Although there is only one me in an important functional sense we are divided into two beings There is now general agreement that human thought is characterized by two distinct systems that have very different characteristics The first and most important of these tacit hot cognition is fast automatic effortless and mostly unconscious corresponding roughly to what we think of as the body and what the Zhuangzi calls the Heavenly mechanism The second explicit cold cognition is slow deliberate effortful and conscious corresponding roughly to our mind that is our conscious verbal selves Although talk of mind and body is technically inaccurate it does capture an important functional difference between these two modes of cognition The goal of wuwei is to get these two selves working together smoothly and effectively For a person in wuwei the mind is embodied and the body is mindful

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  • Another World is Possible - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    of having suddenly emerged into an era of equality and freedom Human beings were trying to behave as human beings and not as cogs in the capitalist machine and many of the normal motives of civilized life snobbishness money grubbing fear of the boss etc had simply ceased to exist The ordinary class division of society had disappeared to an extent that is almost unthinkable in the money tainted air of England there was no one there except the peasants and ourselves and no one owned anyone else as his master Unfortunately the Spanish anarchist utopia did not last long The anarchists were crushed by a temporary alliance between all other political parties including the Communists and the Socialists and the brief but real experience of an anarchist society faded away However an important lesson can be drawn from the anarchist utopia of 1936 another world is possible which is also the slogan of the World Social Forum Before discussing anarchism s possible role in the resistance to the capitalist world order let s shortly retrace last century s main stages of the capitalist system s consolidation elites have won the long lasting struggle against the working class this was achieved firstly by granting workers some benefits after World War II notably through the implementation of welfare systems in the West then by fragmenting them with the increase in specialization of labor and the growth of the service industry during the post Fordist period and finally by assessing the knockout blow through neoliberal policies which erased hard fought social and economic rights diminished trade unions bargaining power and weakened their influence The libertarian revolutions of 1968 have also ended up in disappointment Hopes brought by the New Left political movement that emerged from the demands of students activists and workers came to a close when economic powers and politics colluded in the 80s removing the last glimmers of hope that change could happen from within the current political system The 1980s also marked the beginning of the neoliberal era deregulation of the financial system erosion of welfare states privatization programs financial crises cuts to public spending Finally the fall of the Berlin Wall represented the end of the last bastion of ideological resistance against capitalism communism Fukuyama s The End of History and the Last Man main thesis was emblematic in the representation of the world we faced and still face today the triumph of liberal democracy and capitalism marked the end point of mankind s ideological and political evolution We live in a historically specific cultural paradigm shaped during the course of the last century through mass media popular culture and advertising which converged together and formed our consumer culture and in an economic and political system structured to serve the interests of a small elite In this scenario anarchist thought has a dual function of resistance as a challenge to the neoliberal ideology and as a possible concrete utopia that can guide us in the construction of a

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  • Every voice was heard - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the wider community and these groups were mandated an appropriate level of autonomy for each group to efficiently take care of their own sphere of activity When the collective process functioned well participating in the GA was a truly transformative experience I saw several hundred excited individuals quickly reaching decisions that were better than anyone could have proposed on their own Every voice was heard and no one felt alienated from the process I knew that this was happening all over the world at the same time on a massive scale and it was like nothing else I had experienced But when the decision making protocol broke down empowerment quickly turned into soul destroying alienation The immense amount of time and effort the stalled decision making process took was crushing Sharing information is critical for building consensus but can be extremely difficult in a rained out campsite Loud and frequent voices often exerted disproportionate influence over group discussions meaning marginalized voices remained unheard I had read about the tyranny of structurelessness in consensus based groups the lapse into factions and the emergence of informal dictatorships but I d never seen it happen in person The knowledge that this too was happening in Occupy camps all over the world and right in front of me in a community I cared deeply about was depressing The mass participation of millions of people in the 2011 movements was a clear and global call for public participation in decison making at every level It was a call for decentralized democracy on a global scale a process that takes the decision making influence of self interested institutions and redistributes it back into the hands of people and communities But the face to face lived experience of Occupy really drove home to me how fragile collective

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  • No Future - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    20 meters of sea level rise over the next few hundred years enough to flood every coastal city in the world Ecosystem collapse would be virtually assured as plants and animals that have evolved into precise niches over hundreds of thousands of years are forced to adapt to new conditions in just a decade or two Even assuming we eventually stop emitting CO2 completely reaching two degrees could the study shows mean we remain above one degree for hundreds of years or more And if warming goes over two degrees Hansen and his colleagues present a familiar litany of climate impacts mass extinctions stronger storms and increasingly severe effects for human health along with major dislocations for civilization The study s key takeaway is that unless CO2 emissions peak right about now which they are clearly not doing in just a few more years we will lock in a two degrees rather than a one degree temperature rise That will set climate impacts in motion for the next thousand years or so barring advances in technology that are currently largely discredited as either too expensive or too impractical on the scale necessary to reverse the warming that s already baked into the system Eric Holthaus Quartz December 2013 When Los Angeles artist Mark Vallen created his silkscreen poster Whatever Happened To The Future in 1980 the possibility of a nuclear war between the U S and the Soviet Union seemed likely the Sex Pistols hair raising refrain No Future had a ring of truth to it Embroiled in L A s late 70s punk movement and inspired by the French Situationists Vallen published his artwork as an oppositional street poster The question posed in the prescient serigraph is still being asked today Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest How Many How Much

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