Buy Nothing Day ... Buy Nothing Xmas

Dreading the holiday season? The frantic rush and stress? The spiritless hours trapped in malls?


Zombies stalked the streets of Galway, Ireland while Michigan Whirl-marters confronted consumers with the proverbial question: What would Jesus buy? From Xalapa, Mexico to Valletta, Malta and New York, USA to Kyoto, Japan, people across the globe took part by simply opting out of the annual consumer spectacle. Some devoted the day to small personal challenges, while others joined Reverend Billy at the memorial for Jdimytai Damour, the man trampled to death at Wal-Mart last year in a bargain-hungry Black Friday crush. To all those who participated in this year’s observance, we commend you for taking a stand against the consumer culture that is killing our world.

The Copenhagen Climate Summit started Monday and it's imperative that the world leaders hear our message: There is only one sure way to stop catastrophic climate change: we, the rich one billion people on the planet, have to consume less!

So let’s take the joy and wisdom we discovered this BND and infuse the entire holiday season with the same sense of simplicity. Let this be the year that the spirit of Buy Nothing Day flows over into a Buy Nothing Christmas. Let us know how you are celebrating Buy Nothing Christmas:


From premodern to modern and postmodern to … altermodern? Adbusters’ first issue of the new year is an exploration of eras. As the rubric of postmodernism becomes less and less relevant, what are art, technology, philosophy, politics, activism and capitalism morphing into … and who’s doing the morphing? What is this still-to-be-named new era all about? Send your wildest thoughts to [email protected].


The American Economic Association is holding its annual general meeting in Atlanta from January 3-5, 2010. We'd like to be there to hand out copies of Adbusters #85 and debate with the neoclassical drones about the soul of economics, but it's a little too far for us. We're looking for two economics students in Atlanta who want to collaborate on bringing the spirit of ecological, humanistic and no-growth economics to the conference. If you're interested, contact us at [email protected].