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Remember when Extinction Rebellion burst onto the scene in 2018? They hit like a tornado. They were fired up and angry ...

After years of tepid work from groups like Greenpeace and the Sierra Club slowly filled the well, XR came along and said, "Here's a bucket. Start drawing water.”

Fast forward to 2023. XR UK is getting out of the rebellion game. No more blocked roads, no more smashed windows, no more arrests.But we're not done rebelling. With XR out of the fight, we need a new strategy going forward. So let's get to it.

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Time magazine put Zelensky on the cover as Person of the Year. We here at Adbusters might have made a different choice. Not that it’s a competition, but for our money it has to be Gustavo Petro. Because his cause goes beyond the survival and dignity of one nation. It’s about the future of every living soul.

“Which is more poisonous for humanity — cocaine or coal?” Petro asked, from the floor of the United Nations General Assembly last summer, just weeks after being elected president of Colombia. “Surmounting the climate crisis,” he told the world leaders assembled there, “means leaving behind the consumption of oil and gas.”

There’s a word for someone who shows up not when he’s wanted but when he’s needed. They call that person a prophet. Read More...

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One day...

we'll shake our heads and wonder why our lives are so full of cookies and influencers and data-capture and linkbait and bots. We'll wonder why we allowed surveillance capitalism to become the norm, and whether the damage to our political, cultural, and emotional lives can ever be undone.

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Mental Liberation is about gaining agency from the neck up... learning to nip anxieties in the bud, modulating mood swings, shifting vibes, ambiences, tones funks... seeing dark clouds on the horizon and taking action before they engulf us... and being fearless at just the right moment.

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This coming
Year of the
Rabbit

... is a race against time

To win the planetary endgame, we’ll
have to rethink communications,
finance, the corporation, economics,
governance and aesthetics.

But none of that will happen without
rethinking activism as well.

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...in 2023 we live suddenly without thinking!

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Are you generally displeased with the current state of affairs? Do you want to make a difference in our broken world? Do you want a job that makes you feel like you’re doing something to help change the narrative on Planet Earth?

The endgame is approaching. But we’re just getting started. Got the political savvy and the activist chutzpah to mobilize thousands and engage with millions? Drop us a line at kono@adbusters.org and tell us how you would galvanize the world into action if you worked at Adbusters.

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Adbusters #164

The Big Ideas of 2023

The question’s as blunt as the times are dire. Are we winning or losing the planetary endgame?

In our year-end issue we argue both sides, with our most optimistic, bright-eyed inclinations colliding in the middle with our bleakest and grimmest intuitions.

It’s a stitching-together of two warring tendencies. Truth is, neither one is sufficient for our salvation: to win the endgame, we desperately need both.

To stave off extinction, we’re going to have to muster both the courage to face the harshest truths about our reality and the guts to imagine a radically different one — and then see it through.

So summon all the chutzpah you can muster. It’s going to be the match of the millennium.

Existence is a free
gift from the sun
.
- Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen

Herman Daly, a towering figure who was shamefully suppressed by generations of mainstream economists, passed away on October 28, 2022.

Rest in Peace

Come the moment,
come the man

Is the world finally ready to listen to Herman Daly, father of ecological economics?

The first mind Herman Daly changed was his own.
When he started studying economics in the 1950s at Rice University, in his hometown of Houston, he was a“growther” — just like pretty much every other economist.
The rules were simple: You keep producing more things for people to use, and the market system fairly distributes these things; wealth trickles down and everyone’s life gradually gets better.

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Three blind mice

This year’s Nobel Prize in Economics went to three economists who certainly made an impact, just not in the way we might hope. Each of them played a huge part in perpetrating multiple financial meltdowns, crippling the world’s economy and pushing humanity to the brink of collapse. They and their neoclassical colleagues are the architects and cheerleaders of our failing world system, and I’d be happy if angry Econ101 students who know full well they have no future started disrupting classes, throwing pies and nailing manifestos to their professors’ doors.

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Stick this to your Professor's door.

The wolf is a pack animal, but I am a lone wolf.

I dislike the crush of the protesting crowd. My hands don't grip placards. My voice rings false when raised to chant.

I prefer the solitary range. As I roam, in descending twilight, I mark territory. Sticking blackspots on ads I don't like. Laying notes on ATMs and posters in strategic locations. I forgo the tumult of demonstration for the prinprick of consciousness that will catch someone, somewhere, sometime, unawares.

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Death

Spiral

To live without dead time means to embody a great refusal, to find pleasure in struggle, to transform every moment of existence into a repudiation of the consumerist nightmare and an affirmation of revolutionary possibility. A semester, a year, a decade without Big Macs, Frappucinos and Facebook but overflowing with midnight adventures of blackspotted billboards, guerrilla gardening and spectacular synchronized global memewar actions. Imagine if a huge number of us start living in this way, turning daily life itself into a form of resistance that re-enchants the city and reawakens the promise of a people’s insurrection. The way forward is through this kind of radical play.

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