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Four Metamemes to Take Power Back from Corporations
Somewhere between Santa Clara and Citizens United, we the people lost our confidence. We lost our dignity. We rolled over to America Inc. Job One now is to get back some of that arrogance and boldness we had 150 years ago, when misbehaving corporations were ferociously slapped down.Read Full Story
A New Relationship Between People and Corporations
We the People have lost control.
Corporations, these legal fictions we ourselves created two centuries ago, now rule over us. And we accept this as the normal state of affairs.
We go to corporations on our knees. Please do the right thing, we plead. Please don’t cut down any more ancient forests. Please don’t pollute any more lakes and rivers (but please don’t move your factories and jobs offshore either). Please don’t use pornographic images to sell fashion to my kids. Please don’t play governments off against each other to get a better deal.
We’ve spent so much time bowed down in deference we’ve forgotten how to stand up straight.
In this issue, we lay out a plan to take back our sovereignty, restore our dignity . . . and make corporations work for us, not the other way around. It's an endgame that we can't afford to lose.
Prime Day, Amazon’s yearly deal-hawking hoopla for its swindled subscribers, begins on June 21. And there’s never been a better occasion to cancel your Prime membership and boycott Amazon and all its subsidiaries (which include AbeBooks, Amazon Studios, Audible, Book Depository, ComiXology, Goodreads, IMDb, Twitch, Whole Foods, Zappos, and dozens more).
Prime Day, Amazon’s yearly deal-hawking hoopla for its swindled subscribers, begins on June 21.
And there’s never been a better occasion to cancel your Prime membership and boycott Amazon and all its subsidiaries (which include AbeBooks, Amazon Studios, Audible, Book Depository, ComiXology, Goodreads, IMDb, Twitch, Whole Foods, Zappos, and dozens more).
As you can tell from the list above, Amazon owns a huge number of companies whose products and services millions use every single day.
. . . whether they’re walking to work in their Zappos shoes with an Audible audiobook in their ears, or watching streams on Twitch while scarfing down premium Whole Foods goodies, or binging Amazon Studios–produced TV shows while looking up the name of “that guy who looks like that other guy” on IMDb. And that’s true even when you leave Amazon itself out of the tally.
The point, in short, is not just that megacorporations are taking over the world, but that one monolithic corporation named Amazon controls an ever-increasing share of our mental environment.
Think that sounds exaggerated? Think again.
Amazon’s dominance is funded by an illegal price-rigging racket that disguises the costs of its “free shipping” promise to Prime members. As a result, it has oodles of capital to spend on ventures well beyond its e-commerce perview. (Remember when all it sold was books?)
Today, Amazon has its finger in cloud computing, streaming, electronics, home security, A.I., surveillance — and yes, even the defense industry. (Oh, and did I mention that it’s now a bank, too?) As one of the ten biggest corporations on the planet, it’s power to influence you is therefore enormous. It’s meddling in areas of your life you’re not even aware of.
With all this, what are the chances that Amazon has your best interest at heart? Ask yourself: Are you being empowered — or exploited?
Don’t be naive — after all, we’re talking about the same company that is set on hanging workers out to dry, chucking the environment in the bin, forcing you to foot its tax bill, and distorting democracy itself. And it’s no friend of whistleblowers, either.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Amazon’s fate lies in one person’s hands . . . one person with the power to make or break the gargantuan tech tyrant, by either shopping from it — or dropping it altogether.
And that person is you.
We’ve long called for unswooshing the swoosh. This Prime Day, ditch your membership and boycott the mother of all tech-corp crooks (and every one of her brats).
It’s time to #unprime Prime — not just for one day, but for good.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib Puts U.S. Bankrolling of Israeli Crimes on Blast
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It's time for BDS to come to Beijing
In Xinjiang, 82 multinationals are complicit in the state-sponsored torture and enslavement of Uyghurs. The only humane thing to do is to boycott every one of them.Read More...
Can the Palestinian Mandela End Israeli Apartheid?
Like Madiba, Marwan Barghouti is leading a fight for justice and freedom — from prison.Read Story
What's in a price?
Raw materials. Labor. Equipment upkeep. Rents and fees. Supply and demand. Taxes.
Those things influence how much you pay at the till. But what about the cost of the wrapper you throw away, toxic run-off leaking into lakes and streams, carbon released into the atmosphere — in short, all the noxious side-effects of using or producing everyday things in a capitalist world? Who pays for that?
The short answer: We all do.Read Full Story
Where you Fit In
Over the last couple of generations, we in the so-called “developed” world have eased into a very cushy way of living. We love our dish washers, spin dryers and microwave ovens. We love our throw away diapers, pre-washed veggies and ready-to-eat dinners delivered right to our door. And we love cruising in our cars with our favorite music playing. The idea of living more austere lives is anathema. We’re hooked on all of this stuff now. Whatever it takes, we gotta have our Doritos.
That’s just the way it is.
Or is it?Read Full Story
#WorldwideGeneralStrike TACTICAL BRIEFING No. 1
Alright you radicals, rebels and redeemers out there,
Once in every era, the call of history compels a small number of people — or even just one person — to steer the world in a fresh new direction.
This is that call.
The time has come to question everything.Read More!
The Third Force
The hierarchical, top-down power structures that ruled the world for thousands of years are collapsing before our eyes. The street now has unprecedented sway.
Nous sommes sur le point de vous donner les codes.
Are you ready?Read Full Story (EN)
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NEW: #WorldwideGeneralStrike t-shirts!
We've had enough of being run into the ground by banks and billionaires, tyrants and technocrats. In the lead-up to the 10th anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, we're going to rise up and start calling the shots from below.
That's why this summer, we strike.
Down with direct action? Dare to wear your heart on your sleeve with a #WorldwideGeneralStrike t-shirt . . . a rousing call to action now and always.Culture Shop
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Facebook, Enemy of Free Speech
This summer, our “White House Siege” raised the hackles of the far right, provoking a rabid reaction on social media. But not long after it launched, Facebook censored the campaign's main hashtag, hobbling our efforts to resuscitate American democracy. Despite our inquiries, the social-media platform has never clarified why it did this.
Our adherence to peaceful protest being reaffirmed in briefing after tactical briefing, it could hardly have been because our campaign violated Facebook's "community standards." None of our WHS-themed posts came close to being "violent and graphic content" — they stood for the exact opposite — let alone any other form of "objectionable content" the platform forbids.
So, what explains Facebook's actions? We can't be sure, but it's not far-fetched to speculate that the WHS was wrongly and ham-fistedly suppressed for the same reason as so much else on the platform. Facebook knows it has a big problem on its hands, with both misinformation and hate-speech flourishing on its watch. But in the absence of regulation, and with too much of it circulating too rapidly to assess properly, Facebook has resorted to knee-jerk, catch-all, and politically motivated censorship.
During these pandemic-plagued times, digital communications have become more crucial than ever to both the discussion of ideas and the organization of dissent. To resist corporations’ policing of internet-based speech, we need to take immediate action — before the digital realm becomes a place where only certain opinions, and certain ideologies, are permitted.
Fight for free speech. Resist the tyranny of Big Tech. Join the Mental Liberation Front to take back your mental space by force.
This summer, we strike.
We've had enough of being run into the ground by banks and billionaires, tyrants and technocrats. In our latest issue — AB153: The New Left — we call for mass mobilization around the globe . . . a #WorldwideGeneralStrike in the lead-up to the 10th anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.
Today we're 14,000 strong. Tomorrow we'll be 100,000. The day after next we could amass a billion people . . . enough to spark a sorely needed world revolution in how we live, love and think.
Find a revolt-rousing poster in your copy of AB153. Don’t like it? Make your own . . . show us what you've got. Then hang 'em in windows, in the streets, on boarded-up businesses and under bridges.
In the Year of the Ox it's strike or surrender, gore or be gored. What will you do?Culture Shop
Adbusters #155: A NEW RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS
Adbusters #154 - Fake Planet
Adbusters #153 - The New Left
We’re caught in an existential crisis with no obvious way out. It’s time to question the hidden coordinates of our reality and launch a new operating system for Planet Earth. We're about to give you the codes . . . Are you ready?
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