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What is the Carnivalesque Rebellion?

A sudden unexpected moment of truth, a mass reversal of perspective, a global mindshift ...

The Carnivalesque Rebellion is about to begin. From November 22nd to the 28th, culture jammers of all kinds – from artists to churchgoers, anarchists to carpenters – will disregard the illegitimate laws of consumer society. For seven nights, they will honor instead the dictates of their hearts and the demands of their conscience. Overwhelmed by a myriad of insurrections and unexpected acts of resistance, consumer capitalism will grind to a halt.

With little time remaining before these events, what is needed now is not a treatise on the injustice of consumerism. It is true that 36 million humans starve to death each year, that there is an island of plastic the size of Texas floating in the ocean, and that one in four Americans have a mental illness. But these facts roll across our consciousness; they do not impel us to remake society. Whether we have become desensitized to the severity of our plight or our minds simply cannot fathom the direness of our situation, the fact remains that today what we need is the opposite of information.

The success of our insurrection will not depend on quantity of the crowd nor extent of the media coverage. In some cities the rebellion may be invisible and in others its impact downplayed. None of that matters. The Carnivalesque Rebellion will be victorious when we stop waiting for the majority, the mainstream, or the consumer class to give us permission to rebel. The revolution against consumerism will come when we trust our intuition and find within ourselves the permission to act.

The Carnivalesque Rebellion is, above all else, a chance to rise above cynicism, skepticism, and ironic detachment. It is an invitation to don the prankster's mask, to regain the sense of magical possibility, and to finally start living.

Meet up with fellow activists and download posters and campaign materials at www.adbusters.org/bnd.

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Anonymous

capitalism is a philosophy that champions individuality and human freedom. this magazine and the followers who pledge honor to it are merely JEALOUS of the mental greatness the true Capitslist has. Capitalism rewards intelligence and exposes stupidity. We all came into this world on accident sort of...so lets just quit criticizing Capitalism and let humans be humans.

Anonymous

capitalism is a philosophy that champions individuality and human freedom. this magazine and the followers who pledge honor to it are merely JEALOUS of the mental greatness the true Capitslist has. Capitalism rewards intelligence and exposes stupidity. We all came into this world on accident sort of...so lets just quit criticizing Capitalism and let humans be humans.

Anonymous

Holy Shit dude! If you REALLY want to rebel against consumerism, ditch your iPhone with its data plan, your iPad, your laptop...shit, THAT's where the real consumerism is. all those gadgets that are totally unnecessary for your happiness. Anyone who goes to one of these events and takes pictures of it on their cell phone is just a poser.

Anonymous

Holy Shit dude! If you REALLY want to rebel against consumerism, ditch your iPhone with its data plan, your iPad, your laptop...shit, THAT's where the real consumerism is. all those gadgets that are totally unnecessary for your happiness. Anyone who goes to one of these events and takes pictures of it on their cell phone is just a poser.

Anonymous

I don't find anything wrong with capitalism in theory, as many others do. But it isn't working in modern society, where our legislators have passed laws which essentially give these disgusting corporations governance.
Our economic system shouldn't punish someone simply because their bank committed fraud against them, leaving them homeless on the streets, forced to live with those who truly did place themselves there.
The true crime here is lumping together those who work hard (to no avail) with those who drink their life away/run away from a loving home at a young age.
I'm a 15 year old girl living in the reddest state in this nation. If I can help destroy this infectious consumerist culture, to only better our country, ourselves, and our environment, then so can you.

Anonymous

I don't find anything wrong with capitalism in theory, as many others do. But it isn't working in modern society, where our legislators have passed laws which essentially give these disgusting corporations governance.
Our economic system shouldn't punish someone simply because their bank committed fraud against them, leaving them homeless on the streets, forced to live with those who truly did place themselves there.
The true crime here is lumping together those who work hard (to no avail) with those who drink their life away/run away from a loving home at a young age.
I'm a 15 year old girl living in the reddest state in this nation. If I can help destroy this infectious consumerist culture, to only better our country, ourselves, and our environment, then so can you.

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