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  • andrea bennett, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Tags advertising mental environment 103 KFC Naomi Klein The Shock Doctrine Your mental environment just got a little more saleable St Francis of Fukushima June 12 2012 by andrea bennett Tags 102 Fukushima japan Naoto Matsumura nuclear We haven t learned anything yet Deadly Freedom Fight June 11 2012 by andrea bennett Tags china student protests tibet 102 A new generation risks it all Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada

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  • St. Francis of Fukushima - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    his hometown Matsumura and the surviving animals he tends to have very little access to water and no electricity He scavenges leftover coal and rations gas for energy he survives off tinned food sourced from outside the evacuation zone In 2006 the UN marked the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster with calls of never again International Atomic Energy Agency s Director General Mohamed ElBaradei pledged to remember the Chernobyl accident by renew ing our determination to ensure that such a tragedy will not happen again The Fukushima Dai ichi meltdown is one of only two nuclear accidents classified as a Level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale the 1986 Chernobyl disaster is the other Since 1950 there have been 99 accidents at nuclear plants around the world 57 of them occurred after Chernobyl It s my responsibility to stay and it is my right to be here Matsumura has said standing in front of the rice paddy that used to be the source of his livelihood We haven t learned our lesson yet Though staying means that his risk of developing cancer increases exponentially Matsumura is determined to remain in Fukushima to take care of animals that were left behind pets and livestock alike People get sick when they get old anyway Matsumura said in a March 2012 UK Telegraph video smoking a cigarette and looking on as an ostrich drank from a bucket on his farm So far Matsumura says the government has done nothing Media footage shows some contaminated soil under a series of blue tarps other news video underscores the police guarded perimeter around the exclusion zone St Francis of Fukushima Matsumura will stay with the cows dogs and ostriches demanding that the government decontaminates the area FROM Adbusters 102 Spiritual Insurrection Order this

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  • There will be blowback - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    peachy The social order ran smooth The poor paid their dues The middle class kept their mouth shut The aristocracy parties like it was 1999 One day they were handing out orders and advice to adoring insiders like a mall Santa dispenses candy canes and the next day they were being dragged through the streets by their frilly collars like common thieves Surely they wept like babies but by then it was too late to apologize It always follow the same pattern The rich and privileged overstep their mark and trigger an almighty backlash of feeding frenzy like violence and cruelty After the Russian Revolution the Bolshevik s looted the royal palace and executed the entire family even the children During the Cultural Revolution in China the intellectual elites were publicly humiliated and carted off to camps where they were forced to work like peasants In the 1970s Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge had child soldiers kill every privileged Cambodian even those with eye glasses Today we are living through another one of those moments though this time it s not the royalty not the land owners nor the intellectual elite but the financial 1 running around making money off money off money off the backs of the 99 and being very arrogant and remorseless about it For the masses when honest work no longer pays the more sinister side of survival begins to take hold So here s some advice to the Lloyd Blankfeins Rex Tillersons Jamie Dimons Donald Trumps and Hugh Grants Watch out you might be triggering something that will engulf you FROM Adbusters 110 Autumn Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest The Green Back vs The Rial Radical Transparency Also In This Magazine Tick Tick Tick I m done marching to

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  • Palestinians in Israel - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    on the land on behalf of only some of its citizens The Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Agency both have statutory powers to administer land perhaps because the Israeli government realized that at least appearing to be at arm s length from blatant ethnic favoritism would bring benefits While states should in theory at least treat citizens equally private civil society groups fall outside these expectations These NGOs and the enormously powerful Jewish National Fund too enjoy huge influence and act not only in the interests of one subset of citizens but actively against the interest of another the Palestinians The JNF for instance has been instrumental in legislating the confiscation of land and has established picnic sites and forests on the sites of ethnically cleansed villages That this organization considers itself the caretaker of the land of Israel on behalf of its owners Jewish people everywhere is according to White a fundamental point about Israel s self image Unlike any other state in the world Israel believes people who don t live inside its borders are its citizens by virtue of their ethnicity In contrast the Palestinians who do live within its border are not citizens but merely residents of Israel all they can ever be as non Jews For Zionists Palestinians living in Israel are the enemy within and constitute a demographic threat A recent example of a discriminatory law designed to force them out is the Nationality and Entry into Israel Law which renders it impossible for Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank married to Palestinians living in Israel to move to Israel and exercise their right to family life Since being rendered present absentees in the Nakba Palestinians driven from their homes who settled elsewhere in Israel have been the subject of internal colonialism Judaizing the Negev and Galilee the unfinished war of 1948 A demonstration of this White argues is the new plan to develop the Negev region which would entail the forced relocation of more than 30 000 Bedouin Palestinians Evidence that is also hard to ignore is the plight of the 40 plus unrecognized villages in Israel Al Araqib Dahmash and others which the government refuses to provide infrastructure links to or services for and instead frequently targets for demolition The crucial point is that these villages are only illegal because the state refuses to allow them to become legal Israeli law is stacked against Palestinians at every level and the Bedouins plight is the same as the East Jerusalemites in that when planning permission is almost always refused there is little option left but to build illegally and risk demolition White points out that where the state has categorized a Palestinian village as agricultural land or forest land despite residents living there a handful have fought for and won recognition through the courts But these are the exception to the rule The Judaization of land that Zionists see as their own is relentless and the courts enforcing laws made by

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  • Rethinking Econ: Thomas Piketty - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    idealistic and naive but they are defending the views that markets are working efficiently For ideological reasons economists spend a lot of time doing complicated mathematical models trying to pretend that markets are efficient they do that also to try to impress others in other disciplines to look more scientific I m not sure this is working but this is certainly part of their strategy I think we should be very modest I view myself more as a social scientist than as an economist I think the frontiers between economics history sociology are not as clear as what economists try to pretend Economists try to pretend sometimes that they have developed a science so sophisticated that the rest of the world cannot understand I think this is a joke Thomas Piketty FROM Adbusters 121 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 4 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Finally we re VIPs The light at the end of the world Also In This Magazine The monotony of sleep and sleeplessness In its repetition and unconcealment it is one of the unvanquishable remnants of the everyday October 28 2015 The Obliteration Room Yayoi Kusama breaks down the mental architecture

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  • The true value of money - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    is complete by itself The same can be said of money which turns out to have quantum properties of its own Money is strange stuff when you think about it but because it has been around for millennia we rarely do Consider for example a U S dollar bill On the one hand it represents a number in this case the number one On the other hand it is a physical thing which can be possessed exchanged and above all valued even lusted after if there are enough of them It therefore lives partly in the abstract world of numbers and mathematics and partly in the real world of things people and value The same is true of any money object that we use for payment Here object could refer either to a physical object such as a coin or a virtual object such as 1 2107 bitcoin BTC sent from a phone What makes such objects special is that they have a fixed defined value in currency units While seeing money objects as things with a fixed monetary value might appear trivial it turns out to have complex and contradictory properties that feed into the economy as a whole In particular they combine two aspects abstract number and real world value which are as different as waves and particles For example numbers are subject to mathematical laws such as compound interest and can grow without limits while in the real world natural processes tend to be subject to bounds In 1850 an American lawyer did the math and calculated that five English pennies invested at 5 percent compound interest since 0 AD would have accumulated to 32 billion spheres of pure gold each equal in size to the Earth This is a useful exercise for anyone who thinks that gross domestic product GDP can grow forever Numbers can be negative as in debts but as the English physicist turned economist Frederick Soddy pointed out there is no such thing as a negative number of objects You might be underwater on your mortgage but you can t own a negative house Throughout history the frightening ability of negative debt to grow without bounds has been responsible for forcing people into economic slavery Numbers are hard and precise like the particle aspect of matter Real world concepts such as value are diffuse and fuzzy like the wave aspect of matter By combining these two aspects in a single package money objects are our contribution to the quantum universe The dualistic nature of money explains its frequently paradoxical behavior In the early 2000s cheap credit in the United States meant that even low income people could afford their own homes Some cashed in and sold their houses at the top of the market For them the money was real they could go to the bank and withdraw dollar bills But when the credit crunch kicked in most of the new money disappeared into the ether as if it had never existed Money

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  • To be an anarchist - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    feature of that world its nation states its religions its pretense of representational government its organization of production and consumption its patriarchal customs its warped ideals etc there is almost no end to the things one is against to the point that one continually risks slipping into an entirely negative and reactive self definition anti capitalist anti sexist When an entire society i e almost everything around you seemingly to the smallest detail reflects assumptions contrary to your most deeply held convictions about what the world is and can be namely the assumption that hierarchy domination violence and injustice are the natural necessary and permanent characters of existence than merely to persevere in imagining and acting on the assumption of the possibility of another kind of world is in itself a monumental and continual effort of resistance Jesse Cohn Underground Passages Anarchist Resistance Culture 1848 2011 FROM Adbusters 120 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 3 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Postmodern Surveillance Dystopia Unfathomable darkness Also In This Magazine Play Jazz Jazz is the big brother of Revolution Revolution follows it around Miles Davis November 27 2015 What now Only an angry tide of out

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  • Resistance - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    are they poised to respond quickly and effectively Given these ethical and factual premises individuals and organizations should consider the reasons for this decline and how to overcome it Since current laws and political activities have failed to redress the situation and appear unlikely to do so it is incumbent to ask what strategies and tactics might be successful Such an assessment should include determining whether strategies and tactics must be constrained by existing laws and prevailing assumptions about what constitutes acceptable political action Put more simply anthropogenic environmental decline in the light of life affirming values and political inaction demands analysis of the obstacles to effective action including laws and mores that might constrain it Given the urgency of the situation extralegal tactics should be on the table as they were in earlier causes where great moral urgency was properly felt This does not however answer the question of whether the time for resistance has come For this we would need to diagnose the reasons for the present predicaments determine what resources can be acquired the sort of resistance needed and whether a given action or campaign would be morally permissible likely to be effective and unlikely to be counterproductive Venturing answers is perilous in part because there is so much complexity and uncertainty in the deeply entwined environmental and human socio economic systems we seek to understand and affect Yet the urgency of the situation requires nothing less Types of Resistance Recognizing that social reality never perfectly reflects our maps of it it is nevertheless useful to proceed with a review of the main types of resistance First but not least there are many ways that people of conscience resist current trends including by battling ideas that consider the world to be a smorgasbord for ever swelling human numbers and appetites and that view human beings as somehow exempt from nature s laws More important there is a revolution going on with regard to understanding the human place in and responsibilities to nature These are unfolding rapidly and globally and while the trends have diverse tributaries and expressions they also have common emotional and spiritual dimensions including deep feelings of belonging and connection to nature as well as convictions about the value of all living things There are put simply many forms of cultural resistance to beliefs and practices that do not cohere with science or progressive environmental ethics These trends are important to note if we are to avoid the disempowering influence of cynicism While contemplating the possibility and promise of resistance it is also important to note that not everyone has the ability to participate in its more radical forms Economically vulnerable populations for example might have few resources or opportunities to directly confront forces they understandably fear or upon whom they directly or indirectly depend People in such situations who have much to lose from direct confrontation with workplace authorities or rulers sometimes engage in what might be labeled passive resistance Such resistance generally involves noncooperation and noncompliance such as through work slowdowns theft feigned ignorance and sometimes difficult to detect forms of sabotage Such tactics are designed to avoid attention or detection The focus here however is on whether more direct and aggressive forms of resistance are warranted For radical environmentalists the answer is a resounding yes Despite many differences among them they generally agree that the agro capitalist industrial system is fundamentally destructive and inherently unsustainable and moreover the current situation so dire that direct action resistance is not only warranted but obligatory They differ sharply however over which strategies and tactics are ethically permitted and likely to be effective The earliest Earth First activists for example hoped that a combination of public protest including civil disobedience and sabotage to thwart and deter the greatest assaults on biodiversity would increase public sympathy and demands for environmental protection Often but not always a connection was made between the erosion of biodiversity and cultural diversity especially as represented in indigenous and peasant cultures and concern for both animated the efforts Some also articulated the political theory that creating an environmental extreme would serve as a counterweight to the extreme right in political battles pulling the political center more toward the environmentalist pole of the right left continuum which is where laws and policies tend to end up Yet others such as the radical environmental activists who after a number of their comrades were arrested concluded that they could save nothing from prison established the Greater Gila Biodiversity Project in 1989 which eventually became the Center for Biological Diversity These activists were among the ones who pioneered tenacious litigation strategies using existing laws and rules written by resource agencies to challenge with great success practices they considered destructive This is another form of resistance although it is seldom recognized as such While these early radical environmental activists maintained an apocalyptic view that modern society would collapse of its own unsustainable weight their priority was to save what they could of the genetic and species variety of the planet before that inevitable collapse They welcomed the envisioned collapse believing it would halt the destruction and give the planet a chance to heal This stream of thought thus had both radical and reformist dimensions The more optimistic activists thought that direct action resistance might help precipitate widespread consciousness change preventing humans from overshooting their carrying capacity and precipitating the collapse of environmental and thus social systems The more reformist participants resembled those from more mainstream environmental movements who consider mass protests accompanied by nonviolent civil disobedience and sometimes spectacular acts of protest and resistance such as by Greenpeace as a way to educate and transform public opinion and thus to change behaviors laws and policies The revolutionary stream of these activists find hope only in actions that would accelerate the collapse of the societies they do not believe can be reformed voluntarily These activists believe that given the propaganda power of the elites who are most responsible for the destruction and who control political systems more egalitarian democratic and environmentally sustainable systems have no chance of being established until this system is demolished or falls of its own unsustainable weight In sum when it comes to ecological resistance movements there is a continuum of types with varying diagnoses strategies and tactics One extreme of the continuum of activists who grew in number soon after the founding of Earth First is represented by the Earth Liberation Front green anarchism and Deep Green Resistance These forms can be labeled revolutionary resistance and they boldly proclaim an intention to bring down by any means necessary an industrial system considered inherently destructive More moderate sectors of radical environmentalism represent a kind of revolutionary reformist hybrid which shares many of the critical perspectives about the roots and current drivers of environmental degradation but which draws more eclectically and pragmatically on revolutionary and reformist ideas strategies and tactics These activists do not absolutely dismiss the possibility that with the right combination of resistance and reform strategies there could be an upwelling of public support for environmental health and social equity and therefore that a less catastrophic transition toward sustainability might yet be possible On the other end of this spectrum is reformist resistance which endorses demonstrations including extralegal tactics such as civil disobedience which can be highly disruptive as for example when logging roads or highways are blockaded as well as diverse pedagogical efforts hoping to sway public opinion and pressure public officials into changing laws and policies while also affecting whether they honestly and successfully enforce current laws and policies More so than the previous two forms of resistance here the goal is to force a democratic revolution or restore it where it has been subverted And the hope is that this could create the conditions needed for dramatic action to address the most trenchant environmental and social problems Activists taking this approach may share the critical perspective of the more radical advocates of resistance about agriculture and industrialism but they nevertheless take a more pragmatic approach sometimes acknowledging that the current systems are powerful resilient and difficult to bring down Or they may conclude that the threat to human beings to other species and to environmental systems would be too great should the current systems precipitously collapse and that therefore such an outcome should not be pursued Assessing Resistance With premises about and types of resistance established and with humility given the diverse variables in play and the difficulty in predicting the effects of different courses of action it is possible to venture a broad assessment of resistance strategies These views are quite properly subject to change given changed circumstances and understandings The radical critique of agricultural industrial civilization cannot be easily dismissed It is true that as agricultural societies spread around the world cultural diversity has dramatically eroded Agricultures have displaced murdered or assimilated foraging peoples whether through superior numbers and force through the diseases their lifestyles brought with them or through processes of settler colonialism The erosion of biological diversity has gone hand in hand with these processes all of which intensified with the power of the fossil fuel driven industrial age Modern societies are unduly celebratory of their achievements when they have amnesia about what has been lost and by whom With an understanding of the tragic aspects of this history and recognition that these very processes are ongoing it is clear that dramatic actions to halt these processes and engage in restorative justice and healing where possible are morally obligatory This does not mean however that the revolutionary prescription of the Deep Green Resistance activists attacking the energetic infrastructure of industrial civilization is warranted Indeed the claim that this could cause the collapse of industrial civilization is fanciful Natural disasters including those intensified or worsened by human activities demonstrate that as long as energy is available large scale societies will rebuild Even if resisters were to disrupt the system significantly not only would the system s rulers rebuild recent history has shown that they would increase their power to suppress resisting sectors Moreover as many radical activists have acknowledged in interviews even those who have supported sabotage the more an action risks or intends to hurt people the more the media and public focus on the tactics rather than the concerns that gave rise to the actions This means that the most radical tactics tend to be counterproductive to the goal of increasing awareness and concern in the general public When accessing the effectiveness of resistance it is also important to address how effective authorities will be at preventing and repressing it The record so far does not lead easily to enthusiasm for the most radical of the tactics deployed thus far Authorities use tactics that are violent or can be framed as such to justify to the public at large spying infiltration disruption and even violence against these movements Such repression typically succeeds in eviscerating the resistance in part because as people are arrested and tried some will cooperate with the prosecution in return for a reduced sentence More than half of those arrested did just that during what Federal authorities dubbed operation backfire which led to the arrests and conviction of more than two dozen Earth Liberation Front saboteurs who had been involved in arson cases One of the leaders facing life in prison under post 9 11 terrorism laws committed suicide shortly after his arrest while several others became fugitives The individuals convicted drew prison terms ranging from six to 22 years The noncooperating activists and those for whom terrorism enhancements had been added to the arson charges drew the longest terms As if this were not devastating enough to the resistance broader radical environmental campaigns that were not using such radical tactics ebbed dramatically in the wake of these arrests This was because movement activists who were friends and allies of those arrested rallied to provide prison support which then took their time and resources away from their campaigns But it was also because the resistance community was divided over whether and if so how to support the defendants who to various degrees cooperated with investigators Given this history it makes little sense to base strategy and tactics on such an unlikely possibility that communities of resistance will ever be able to mount a sustained campaign to bring down industrial civilization even if that were a desirable objective The envisioned alternative to this objective creating or in the view of many activists returning to small scale egalitarian environmentally friendly lifestyles would not be able to support the billions of people currently living on Earth at least not at anything remotely like the levels of materialism that most people aspire to So the most radical of the resistance prescriptions would quite naturally lead to strong and even violent counter resistance These ideologies explicitly or implicitly make unduly optimistic assumptions about our species including about our capacity to maintain solidarity in the face of governmental repression as well as about the human capacity for cooperation and mutual aid To expect such behavior to become the norm may be conceivable and it may be exemplified by some small scale societies but it is not something to be expected universally let alone during times of social stress intensified by increasing environmental scarcity So despite the accurate assessment about the ways agricultural and industrial societies have reduced biocultural diversity there is little reason to think that the most radical resistance tactics would be able to precipitate or hasten the collapse of such societies Nor is there much evidence that such tactics would contribute to more pragmatic efforts to transform modern societies In contrast there is significant evidence that these sorts of tactics have been and are likely to remain counterproductive Spiking Awareness of Biodiversity Decline There are nevertheless concrete historical examples where extralegal resistance has played a significant and even decisive role in campaigns to protect natural habitats and change government policies Examples from diverse sites of contention around the world are documented in Ecological Resistance Movements The Global Emergence of Radical and Popular Environmentalism Many other studies have documented the successes and promise of such movements as well as the failures and often violent resistance that they face These dynamics were all present a few decades ago when activists aggressively and often illegally campaigned to halt deforestation in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountains of the United States Tree spiking which involves putting metal or ceramic spikes in trees that are slated for logging was among the most controversial of tactics First used in anti logging campaigns in Australia in the late 1970s and in Canada in 1982 radical environmentalists took up the practice with a vengeance in the United States during the 1980s and early 1990s Tree spiking was a tactic that it was hoped when combined with blockades and other forms of sabotage would bankrupt logging companies believed to be engaged in unsustainable and species threatening logging Failing that the hope was that logging would slow down when some of it became unprofitable due to the additional costs of removing the spikes Although there have been examples of spiking leading directly to the quiet cancellation of a timber sale or to economic distress for a small logging company the practice did not often in a direct way significantly reduce deforestation It did however have another important impact In a short period of time the controversy it precipitated contributed significantly to public awareness of deforestation and related endangered species issues As Mike Roselle one of Earth First s cofounders later claimed that before they began spiking trees nobody had even heard of the ancient forests or the threats to them Indeed before these campaigns the term biodiversity was not in the public lexicon nor was its value advanced in public discourse It took these campaigns to bring the very idea of biodiversity and its importance out from obscure scientific enclaves and into public view With the occasional destruction of logging equipment publicity stunts such as banner hangings increasingly sophisticated blockades of logging roads and the occupation of logging equipment or trees to prevent logging public awareness of these issues grew So did expressions of concern and sometimes outrage to public officials In several cases the resistance gained enough strength to orchestrate large protests that included mass arrests as when in 1996 thousands of citizens gathered in a sparsely populated area of northern California to protest logging by the Pacific Lumber Company PALCO in ancient redwood groves More than a thousand people were arrested for trespassing on land owned by the timber company This plus a decade of resistance to PALCO s practices contributed to political pressures to reduce social disruption and the loss of political support and it led to heightened scrutiny and a citation to the company for violating the law Eventually a deal was worked out to sell the most biologically precious old growth groves to the state of California Not long afterward the company went bankrupt and was sold to another firm that promised to protect the remaining ancient groves and manage the rest of its forestland more gently This was not the only case in which blockades of logging roads or tree occupations which were sustained for months and even years forced concessions from business or resource managers or provided time for attorneys to win injunctions or lawsuits against the logging Not incidentally one rationale for extralegal resistance is the often accurate charge as validated in the courts in responses to lawsuits that industries or the government itself had broken environmental laws Such facts allow those engaged in resistance to contend that they are actually displaying respect for laws by risking arrest and incarceration in their efforts to force companies and the government to obey existing statutes And when governments and corporations see that they are being monitored it contributes to improved compliance with environmental laws and regulations Sometimes resistance

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