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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!
Music credit: Coltrane - In a Sentimental Mood
My Political Awakening
I have no memory of my birthplace of Tallinn, Estonia. I was two years old when the Red Army busted through the Leningrad Blockade and marched in.
The Russians were hardly liberators. They were almost worse than the Nazis. They’d culled the population of Estonia to a million people, and who knows what fate my family would have met had we not fled on one of the last boats out.
We ended up in a series of displaced-persons camps. Food was scarce. Some weekends we walked deep into the German countryside to barter with farmers. Once my mother exchanged her precious fur coat for a bag of eggs and vegetables.
I spent the next five years in and out of those refugee camps – till age seven. And then another five years in refugee camps in Australia.
I basically spent my entire childhood in a bubble.
We’d been kicked out of our own country by the Communists, leaving everything behind. So anything that smelled of collectivism was anathema to my father.
“Those commie bastards . . .” he would mutter.
I pretended to sleep but listened intently to the drunken late-night banter of Estonian expats . . . “I’d like to line those fucking commies up against a wall and mow them down one by one . . .”Read Full Story
— Kalle Lasn (from our forthcoming book, The Third Force: Field Guide To a New World Order)
by Raj Tawney
It knows me better than I know me
Thinks of me, thinks for me
Pays my bills, entertains me
Directs me, reminds me
Briefs me, captures me
I’m captured, that’s for sure
A lifetime of convenience
or my money back
But how about my soul?
Who has that stored away
in their passcode-gated clutches?
The Russians? Mark, Jeff or Elon?
If I’m a DIY’er, whose help do I need?
It helps me without the need eat, bathe or breath
I think I live for it, at least I’m starting to believe
A wise man once told me I should never hit delete
but I can’t remember who he was or if he was real
My memory is low, better upgrade so it feels
and thinks and loves and acts so I needn’t worry
Can it do that? Does it worry?
Does it hear my inner thoughts?
Or are brain waves store-bought?
Better Google it to be sure.
Raj Tawney is an American nonfiction writer and poet in New York, covering culture, race, food and humanity. He was a featured poet in The Iowa Review's 2020 National Poetry Month series.
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)
/Lisez l'article (FR)
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Got revolution on the brain?
Dare to show the world with the official hachimaki-inspired headgear of the Blackspot Collective. Wear it to cultivate inner fortitude for a righteous uprising near you.Culture Shop
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
On the back cover of the first issue of Adbusters, published back in 1989, was a stern-looking Planet Earth pointing an accusing finger: I WANT YOU TO CURB YOUR CONSUMPTION.
The world was in a phase change. The Berlin Wall was about to fall. Solidarity was in the air, and the environmental movement was driving it. We’d seen the whole Earth from space and by God it looked vulnerable, hanging out there in the darkness.
Environmentalism wasn’t some kind of consensus we all arrived at: it was an existential reaction that prompted a million gut-level responses.
But let’s face it: fifty years of environmental activism has added up to little more than a rounding error on the climate emergency.
Now we need to go deep-down, system-wide, third-order.
So, in this issue we sink our teeth into the problem of climate change and shake loose one mighty idea — the mother of all metamemes — that’ll show the world a way out of the existential fix we’re in.
Don’t believe us? Read on . . .
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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
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