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Tactical Briefing #2

The second of a series of briefings leading up to the Carnivalesque Rebellion in November.

For twenty years, the culture jammer movement has been building momentum for a cultural revolution that will topple consumerism. Now Adbusters and our worldwide network of activists (now 86,590 strong) is calling for a Carnivalesque Rebellion this November 22–28.

Think of it as an adventure, as therapy, as Buy Nothing Day times a hundred … think of it as the World Cup of global activism – a week of postering and pranks, of talking back at your profs and speaking truth to power. Some of us will poster our schools and neighborhoods and just break our daily routines for a week. Others will chant, spark mayhem in big box stores and provoke mass cognitive dissonance. Others still will engage in the most visceral kind of civil disobedience.

In all, millions of people around the world will walk out of their schools, offices and factories for a week and LIVE!


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Tactical Briefing:

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When a culture reaches a dead end or when oppression becomes intolerable, the human spirit always rises up to jam the future in bold new directions. The current issue of Adbusters (which hits newsstands in North America, the UK, Australia/NZ this week) is a chronicle of some of history's greatest revolutionary struggles. And we draw inspiration from some of today's most inspiring radical thinkers and doers. Check it out on the newsstands, online or call us 1 800 663 1243 to subscribe.


Inspiration:

Shake your Bootie

If we don't free ourselves to be ecstatically tuned and happy, we may continue going to hell while taking the planet down with us. Bradford Keeney “If I Can't Dance It's Not My Revolution” From Adbusters #91.


The Love Police

Check out this inspiring street performance by The Love Police. Can we pull off spontaneous happenings like this in cities around the world in November?


Action:

Walk away from Starbucks

Last week we launched our first action: a worldwide boycott of Starbucks. We've since seen activists from New York to Mexico and Jordan take the first step by spreading #NOSTARBUCKS and deciding to walk into an indie coffee shop instead of a megacorporate chain.

There will be more actions down the road, and as November approaches a plethora of nasty corporations like Exxon, McDonalds and Nike will begin to feel the heat. But, for now, let's keep Starbucks in our sights and learn from the fight.

Together we can ratchet up this action and spread the meme worldwide. Some people can grab a marker and put a blackspot over the Starbucks logo or slap up a napkin with a cheeky note on the front door urging citizens to go local, while others spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, graffiti or zines. And in the places where Starbucks put our favorite cafes out of business, a few culture jammers can get a little bit more rowdy by disrupting the flow of the store for a moment with a Love Police action.

What do you think ought to be done? How can we pull off a global shift away from megacorporations in November? How can we turn capitalism upside down for a week? Let us know at [email protected]. We're also looking for a few hundred organizations around the world to collaborate with during this week long carnival, please send any names of organizations or individuals that would like to get involved.


ADBUSTERS #92 – Call for Submissions

In our next issue we offer an intimate call to action, setting the ground for the carnivalesque rebellion. Send us your inspiring stories. How were you politicized? What did it take to get you off the couch and into the streets? How did it feel to finally take your destiny in your own hands? What shall we do this November? Send your best wild whacks to [email protected]


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At last we’re in Winter. It’s the year 2047. A worn scrapbook from the future arrives in your lap. It offers a stunning global vision, a warning to the next generations, a repository of practical wisdom, and an invaluable roadmap which you need to navigate the dark times, and the opportunities, which lie ahead.

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Hayekian

I know the the editors of Adbusters would rather us commenters debate our secret plans to do acts of jamming at CVS, Target and such, but I must point out that both commenters in this thread are fundamentally misguided. The original poster was way too simplistic in his comment and Tatsu's response is only somewhat correct. Required reading on this site should be Jason Furman's work on Walmart (see below link).

To put it bluntly, I (and Furman and co.) believe that there is really no empirical evidence for the "evils" about what supercorporations like Walmart have been doing to the labor market. From the estimate Furman quotes, consumers have gained (about) 263 billion in benefits from lower prices. Workers on the other hand (if they have been hurt at all!) lost about 5 billion in retail wages.

www.americanprogress.org/kf/walmart_progressive.pdf

Please read the ENTIRE paper, there's nothing wrong with the methodology and it's not that hard of a read.

Hayekian

I know the the editors of Adbusters would rather us commenters debate our secret plans to do acts of jamming at CVS, Target and such, but I must point out that both commenters in this thread are fundamentally misguided. The original poster was way too simplistic in his comment and Tatsu's response is only somewhat correct. Required reading on this site should be Jason Furman's work on Walmart (see below link).

To put it bluntly, I (and Furman and co.) believe that there is really no empirical evidence for the "evils" about what supercorporations like Walmart have been doing to the labor market. From the estimate Furman quotes, consumers have gained (about) 263 billion in benefits from lower prices. Workers on the other hand (if they have been hurt at all!) lost about 5 billion in retail wages.

www.americanprogress.org/kf/walmart_progressive.pdf

Please read the ENTIRE paper, there's nothing wrong with the methodology and it's not that hard of a read.

Anonymous

Your apology for Walmart is itself simplistic. The paper seems to take Capitalism as its end goal. If we all agreed that 263 billion dollars vs. 5 billion dollars was an ethical battle, than you would be correct. However, we don't all agree that this is the ultimate consideration. Power extends beyond a simple accounting ledger. The loss of democratic workplaces in a Walmart economy, as opposed to union run shops, is essential to the debate, for instance. Additionally, the article you cite is economically nationalistic. Corporations like Walmart have influence beyond US borders. Their unsustainable use of resources and incredible purchasing power in other countries has devastating effects on people around the globe.

Anonymous

Your apology for Walmart is itself simplistic. The paper seems to take Capitalism as its end goal. If we all agreed that 263 billion dollars vs. 5 billion dollars was an ethical battle, than you would be correct. However, we don't all agree that this is the ultimate consideration. Power extends beyond a simple accounting ledger. The loss of democratic workplaces in a Walmart economy, as opposed to union run shops, is essential to the debate, for instance. Additionally, the article you cite is economically nationalistic. Corporations like Walmart have influence beyond US borders. Their unsustainable use of resources and incredible purchasing power in other countries has devastating effects on people around the globe.

sandy sanders

All we have to do is get everyone to agree to stop buying corporate products and services for one year. Just buy food and necessities locally and as sustainably as possible and the machine comes down and we get regionally localized societies.

Corporations have too much power and they only contemplate profit. Our gov'ts have given them subsidies and legal passes to do anything they want. They don't serve life anymore. They are destroying earth.

www.earthcharter.org

sandy sanders

All we have to do is get everyone to agree to stop buying corporate products and services for one year. Just buy food and necessities locally and as sustainably as possible and the machine comes down and we get regionally localized societies.

Corporations have too much power and they only contemplate profit. Our gov'ts have given them subsidies and legal passes to do anything they want. They don't serve life anymore. They are destroying earth.

www.earthcharter.org

Anonymous

These last few comments IS STUPID. I THINK THE GOVt ppl [inserted] werds - get my drift .. .?

This website is lame enough to seemingly be a cover operation for Gmen. Amen,
the world's 2nd hottest summer this year ?
Looking @ a calendar today, & assuming that within my lifetime, the Earth will be so far gone, so different than it was when I was just entering it...
1986
estimated as Earth's tipping point of exceeding carrying capacity sustainably into the future. In other words, people born from this point on will not see their 7th generation. In that selective context, what you say and do really IS worthless - with no descendants, we are ending soul systems (so to speak). Listen, doesn't that make sense? If we can't be assured that we are living on Earth sustainably enough for 7 gens, we are pooping and farting out the last gasps of people, of Homo Sapiens, as we know them.

It seems to me like Dick Cheney's sperm injections will be running the world's message boards , as he probably controls this one right now. in that distant future 2212 (maybe even the dreaded 2222) because I am the FIRST GEN. 1986, october ... same as Drake- he may be the antiChrist yknow? nah, just talented...

7 generations
That's all that makes sense. It's the only number that will work for humans, because although we are brilliant miracles, we can only rational so far. Children, my god...

I have a fear of failure that I think has mostly been inherited from a realization that I am not special. My parents were messed, my father into peyote n shit; months in jail- throughout childhood. It hurt to see him thrown out after we had moved into a new house. When he visited, to play hockey in the driveway, he would send me outside ahead of him. He found a stash of change upstairs, and steadily robbed my mother's man, and her too till he got caught and threatened.

so...This is what you want humanity to end on? Me? they will look back and categorize me...wait, no one cares enough , wait don't print this I DONT WA

Anonymous

These last few comments IS STUPID. I THINK THE GOVt ppl [inserted] werds - get my drift .. .?

This website is lame enough to seemingly be a cover operation for Gmen. Amen,
the world's 2nd hottest summer this year ?
Looking @ a calendar today, & assuming that within my lifetime, the Earth will be so far gone, so different than it was when I was just entering it...
1986
estimated as Earth's tipping point of exceeding carrying capacity sustainably into the future. In other words, people born from this point on will not see their 7th generation. In that selective context, what you say and do really IS worthless - with no descendants, we are ending soul systems (so to speak). Listen, doesn't that make sense? If we can't be assured that we are living on Earth sustainably enough for 7 gens, we are pooping and farting out the last gasps of people, of Homo Sapiens, as we know them.

It seems to me like Dick Cheney's sperm injections will be running the world's message boards , as he probably controls this one right now. in that distant future 2212 (maybe even the dreaded 2222) because I am the FIRST GEN. 1986, october ... same as Drake- he may be the antiChrist yknow? nah, just talented...

7 generations
That's all that makes sense. It's the only number that will work for humans, because although we are brilliant miracles, we can only rational so far. Children, my god...

I have a fear of failure that I think has mostly been inherited from a realization that I am not special. My parents were messed, my father into peyote n shit; months in jail- throughout childhood. It hurt to see him thrown out after we had moved into a new house. When he visited, to play hockey in the driveway, he would send me outside ahead of him. He found a stash of change upstairs, and steadily robbed my mother's man, and her too till he got caught and threatened.

so...This is what you want humanity to end on? Me? they will look back and categorize me...wait, no one cares enough , wait don't print this I DONT WA

Anonymous

I either want to be a politician or a terrorist, which one holds more power?
Which one is the path to salvation from evil in the world?

But seriously,

Why the fuck do I have to type in:
BROWUNOE ONCE
, it seems like a codeword or some crazy shit... or am I just high on peyote?

Anonymous

I either want to be a politician or a terrorist, which one holds more power?
Which one is the path to salvation from evil in the world?

But seriously,

Why the fuck do I have to type in:
BROWUNOE ONCE
, it seems like a codeword or some crazy shit... or am I just high on peyote?

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