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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

(click) ATTENTION WAL-MART SHOPPERS, THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING. DO NOT BE ALARMED. WE HAVE EXPERIENCED A MINOR SECURITY MALFUNCTION, BUT I ASSURE YOU THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE. PLEASE RESUME SHOPPING AT YOUR LEISURE, AND HAVE A BLESSED HOLIDAY SEASON. MR HENDRIX, PLEASE REPORT BACK TO THE PRINCIPLES OFFICE. (click)

Anonymous

(click) ATTENTION WAL-MART SHOPPERS, THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING. DO NOT BE ALARMED. WE HAVE EXPERIENCED A MINOR SECURITY MALFUNCTION, BUT I ASSURE YOU THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE. PLEASE RESUME SHOPPING AT YOUR LEISURE, AND HAVE A BLESSED HOLIDAY SEASON. MR HENDRIX, PLEASE REPORT BACK TO THE PRINCIPLES OFFICE. (click)

Anonymous

"How did it go?"
"Not so well. It's alright, though."
"Yeah, I watched you on the monitors. Honestly, I've been overseeing this store for almost fifteen years, and this is by far the best Black Friday ever."
"Why haven't you called the police to have me hauled off your property kicking and screaming?"
"Because you amuse me."
"You're a sadist."
"I'm a man of order. Take a look at them on those screens. See how they scurry around like insects. They think in reflex. I provide them with purpose, and it will come to them as their own idea. As their own freedom."
"I know. I've seen it before."
"You're a fake, like that ridiculous wig and those robes. You don't understand what it means to innovate. You don't understand what it means to organize men under a shared banner of purpose."
"I was on a flight to Seattle. It was the first time I had ever been on a plane. The first time I've ever seen the surface of the earth from a distance. Grids after grids. Checkerboards. Cris-crossing strips of concrete running beyond the horizon in every direction. Nothing untouched. Nothing unseen. Every patch of wilderness contained. I imagined what it must have looked like a hundred years ago. A thousand years ago. Before the earth had any concept of time. So... Pristine. Life everywhere, spilling into the oceans and throughout the skies. Governed by the laws of nature with it's own inherent sense of order. We have distorted all of this into something within our narrow capacity to understand and control. No longer is life a manifestation of some fantastic cosmic mystery. The idea that we were created in the image of God still permeates itself after we no longer believe he exists. Now, we are God, and we assume the power to carry out his will."

Anonymous

"How did it go?"
"Not so well. It's alright, though."
"Yeah, I watched you on the monitors. Honestly, I've been overseeing this store for almost fifteen years, and this is by far the best Black Friday ever."
"Why haven't you called the police to have me hauled off your property kicking and screaming?"
"Because you amuse me."
"You're a sadist."
"I'm a man of order. Take a look at them on those screens. See how they scurry around like insects. They think in reflex. I provide them with purpose, and it will come to them as their own idea. As their own freedom."
"I know. I've seen it before."
"You're a fake, like that ridiculous wig and those robes. You don't understand what it means to innovate. You don't understand what it means to organize men under a shared banner of purpose."
"I was on a flight to Seattle. It was the first time I had ever been on a plane. The first time I've ever seen the surface of the earth from a distance. Grids after grids. Checkerboards. Cris-crossing strips of concrete running beyond the horizon in every direction. Nothing untouched. Nothing unseen. Every patch of wilderness contained. I imagined what it must have looked like a hundred years ago. A thousand years ago. Before the earth had any concept of time. So... Pristine. Life everywhere, spilling into the oceans and throughout the skies. Governed by the laws of nature with it's own inherent sense of order. We have distorted all of this into something within our narrow capacity to understand and control. No longer is life a manifestation of some fantastic cosmic mystery. The idea that we were created in the image of God still permeates itself after we no longer believe he exists. Now, we are God, and we assume the power to carry out his will."

Broodyjudy

Yes, someone in the thread had a point. The rebel seems to be a commodity, but nothing is going to change in the revolutionary sense they wish to... unless they use a sort of method which injects a type pf physical urgency to it. But if they are patient and persistent enough, a change might come without violence!

Broodyjudy

Yes, someone in the thread had a point. The rebel seems to be a commodity, but nothing is going to change in the revolutionary sense they wish to... unless they use a sort of method which injects a type pf physical urgency to it. But if they are patient and persistent enough, a change might come without violence!

Anonymous

People need to want to change of their own will. Seeing these interesting acts may inspire thought and emotion, so it's more like a piece of performance art than a rebellion. Trying to get things to change is futile, but making people think about changing their habits is quite worthwhile, because a few of them always end up deciding to take the plunge and change something. Capitalism never would have succeeded if there weren't any people interested in capital. Change your own habits, make an example of yourself, and people will decide for themselves what they must do.

Anonymous

People need to want to change of their own will. Seeing these interesting acts may inspire thought and emotion, so it's more like a piece of performance art than a rebellion. Trying to get things to change is futile, but making people think about changing their habits is quite worthwhile, because a few of them always end up deciding to take the plunge and change something. Capitalism never would have succeeded if there weren't any people interested in capital. Change your own habits, make an example of yourself, and people will decide for themselves what they must do.

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