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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

There are numerous logistical details to consider if you’re planning to assemble a giant inflatable snow globe in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. Most of them I failed to plan for. For example, inflatable snow globes require an electrical pump to constantly circulate air into the plastic dome. Fortunately, the unit came with such a pump, but failed to provide me with a generator, nor did it appear to be solar. It was essential for me to return inside to purchase six extension cords, with the end of one secured snugly into the socket by the basketball hoops in the sporting goods department. I was sure someone was watching. Cindy didn’t seem to notice. Other problems became immediately apparent as I tried to inflate the dome while standing inside of it, but they were quickly diminished by the appearance of several members of Wal-Mart’s security team.
“Sir.”
I tried to ignore him, fumbling with the nozzle regulator.
“Sir, step out of the snow globe, please.”
The flaccid sack around me took on my shape as I stood up fully erect. “I can’t! It’s for the carnivalesque rebellion! Didn’t you hear about it?” Cindy must have snitched on me.
“We need you to step out of the globe, sir. This is private property.”
Panic set in. It’s important to maintain composure in these situations.
“Look… uh…” I couldn’t think. The pump fizzled off. I suspect Cindy pulled the cord, but I’ll never really know for sure.

Anonymous

There are numerous logistical details to consider if you’re planning to assemble a giant inflatable snow globe in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. Most of them I failed to plan for. For example, inflatable snow globes require an electrical pump to constantly circulate air into the plastic dome. Fortunately, the unit came with such a pump, but failed to provide me with a generator, nor did it appear to be solar. It was essential for me to return inside to purchase six extension cords, with the end of one secured snugly into the socket by the basketball hoops in the sporting goods department. I was sure someone was watching. Cindy didn’t seem to notice. Other problems became immediately apparent as I tried to inflate the dome while standing inside of it, but they were quickly diminished by the appearance of several members of Wal-Mart’s security team.
“Sir.”
I tried to ignore him, fumbling with the nozzle regulator.
“Sir, step out of the snow globe, please.”
The flaccid sack around me took on my shape as I stood up fully erect. “I can’t! It’s for the carnivalesque rebellion! Didn’t you hear about it?” Cindy must have snitched on me.
“We need you to step out of the globe, sir. This is private property.”
Panic set in. It’s important to maintain composure in these situations.
“Look… uh…” I couldn’t think. The pump fizzled off. I suspect Cindy pulled the cord, but I’ll never really know for sure.

Anonymous

“What the hell are you doin? Why are you wearing a wig?”
“I’m dressed like Jesus to protest capitalism. It’s not really working out very well right now.”
“It looks like dreadlocks.”
“It was the closest thing I could find at the thrift store.”
“Which one?”
“What?”
“Which thrift store?”
“Sunnybrook Thrift. It’s on London Rode.”
“And those robes? You look like Jimmy Hendrix’s alter boy. What the Hell’s wrong with you?”
“I… got the robes there, too. They sell all kinds of stuff.”
“How much did you spend on all this?”
“Oh, probably around eighty bucks. Plus bus fare.”
“Well, look… you didn’t really steal anything. I don’t know what to do with you.”
“Can I get a replacement for the snow globe? This one kind of ripped when I tried to run away.”
“Are you going to inflate it in my parking lot?”
“Is that going to cause a problem?”
“Yes.”
“Why?”
“Because this is a place of business. People come here to conduct business, and it’s my job to make sure nobody interferes. Now, you’ve had your fun making a huge clown out of yourself. You can walk out that door right now and go home to your little liberal blogs, where all your pussy friends can pat you on the back for destroying capitalism. Meanwhile, us professionals in the real world will conduct business.”

Anonymous

“What the hell are you doin? Why are you wearing a wig?”
“I’m dressed like Jesus to protest capitalism. It’s not really working out very well right now.”
“It looks like dreadlocks.”
“It was the closest thing I could find at the thrift store.”
“Which one?”
“What?”
“Which thrift store?”
“Sunnybrook Thrift. It’s on London Rode.”
“And those robes? You look like Jimmy Hendrix’s alter boy. What the Hell’s wrong with you?”
“I… got the robes there, too. They sell all kinds of stuff.”
“How much did you spend on all this?”
“Oh, probably around eighty bucks. Plus bus fare.”
“Well, look… you didn’t really steal anything. I don’t know what to do with you.”
“Can I get a replacement for the snow globe? This one kind of ripped when I tried to run away.”
“Are you going to inflate it in my parking lot?”
“Is that going to cause a problem?”
“Yes.”
“Why?”
“Because this is a place of business. People come here to conduct business, and it’s my job to make sure nobody interferes. Now, you’ve had your fun making a huge clown out of yourself. You can walk out that door right now and go home to your little liberal blogs, where all your pussy friends can pat you on the back for destroying capitalism. Meanwhile, us professionals in the real world will conduct business.”

Anonymous

Negotiating with men who favor the laws of business can be tricky. It’s important to remember that they are people, just like you. They appreciate it when you treat them with respect. It’s difficult to reason with them on their own terms, which can often lead to conflict. This situation is a perfect example. After all, we were both businessmen. I had invested eighty dollars, plus bus fare, into disrupting the flow of capitalism. I did it on my day off, when I could’ve been out shopping like everyone else. Sometimes, it’s best to end negotiations by politely standing up and respectfully apologizing for your ridiculous behavior. Shake his hand. Thank him for not blowing a quirky happening out of proportion by involving the authorities. Make direct eye contact. Not being able to look a man in the eye while you speak is a sign of weakness. Then, if you want to win, pull the fire alarm. Run out the door as fast as you can dressed like Jimi-Jesus, and sprint up and down the aisles of Wal-Mart on the busiest shopping day of the year shouting “Run for your lives!”

Anonymous

Negotiating with men who favor the laws of business can be tricky. It’s important to remember that they are people, just like you. They appreciate it when you treat them with respect. It’s difficult to reason with them on their own terms, which can often lead to conflict. This situation is a perfect example. After all, we were both businessmen. I had invested eighty dollars, plus bus fare, into disrupting the flow of capitalism. I did it on my day off, when I could’ve been out shopping like everyone else. Sometimes, it’s best to end negotiations by politely standing up and respectfully apologizing for your ridiculous behavior. Shake his hand. Thank him for not blowing a quirky happening out of proportion by involving the authorities. Make direct eye contact. Not being able to look a man in the eye while you speak is a sign of weakness. Then, if you want to win, pull the fire alarm. Run out the door as fast as you can dressed like Jimi-Jesus, and sprint up and down the aisles of Wal-Mart on the busiest shopping day of the year shouting “Run for your lives!”

Anonymous

Contrary to popular belief, most people initially confront panic with an air of skepticism. I suppose this is a good thing. Otherwise, people would simply panic over everything, making it nearly impossible to maintain law and order. It’s probably a sign of a well adjusted individual if he or she reacts with a minimal sense of urgency to a man dressed like Jesus running around and screaming like a lunatic. It also didn’t help when the fire alarm turned off five seconds after being launched, sounding briefly like a blown loudspeaker going haywire, and nothing more. There must have been some kind of button under his desk fitted for such an occasion. He’s probably still sitting in his office, snickering manically while stoking a tabby cat. Apparently, they’ve thought of everything. Most shoppers poked they’re heads upward and timidly peeked back and forth, like a field of cattle observing a passing clown car. Others looked like they wanted to be scared simply to get out of work. Individuals waiting to check out were concerned over how this disturbance might jeopardize their place in line. Everyone looked annoyed.

Anonymous

Contrary to popular belief, most people initially confront panic with an air of skepticism. I suppose this is a good thing. Otherwise, people would simply panic over everything, making it nearly impossible to maintain law and order. It’s probably a sign of a well adjusted individual if he or she reacts with a minimal sense of urgency to a man dressed like Jesus running around and screaming like a lunatic. It also didn’t help when the fire alarm turned off five seconds after being launched, sounding briefly like a blown loudspeaker going haywire, and nothing more. There must have been some kind of button under his desk fitted for such an occasion. He’s probably still sitting in his office, snickering manically while stoking a tabby cat. Apparently, they’ve thought of everything. Most shoppers poked they’re heads upward and timidly peeked back and forth, like a field of cattle observing a passing clown car. Others looked like they wanted to be scared simply to get out of work. Individuals waiting to check out were concerned over how this disturbance might jeopardize their place in line. Everyone looked annoyed.

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