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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.

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UK Student

Dear Adbusters,
The "coincidence" of the UK education protests with your own week of resistance is quite incredulous to begin with, but when I see that the University of London Union (ULU) has organised a carnival of resistance: http://anticuts.org.uk/?page_id=778

It makes me laugh.
Well done, keep it up, keep laughing and battling for hearts and minds.
Organise, resist, strike, occupy.

But also dance.
Nick x

UK Student

Dear Adbusters,
The "coincidence" of the UK education protests with your own week of resistance is quite incredulous to begin with, but when I see that the University of London Union (ULU) has organised a carnival of resistance: http://anticuts.org.uk/?page_id=778

It makes me laugh.
Well done, keep it up, keep laughing and battling for hearts and minds.
Organise, resist, strike, occupy.

But also dance.
Nick x

Global Mindshif...

My next-door neighbor used to do some things that I didn't like very much, so I held a carnivalesque rebellion. I dressed up as a clown and made a poo on his doorstep.

This simple prank shook him to the core. Almost immediately, he stopped shopping at Wal-Mart and sold both of his cars. He vandalized a Gap store. He quit his job as a CPA so he could devote more time to his drumming. He turned his backyard into an open-source eco-mindspace coffee teach-in.

He told me the other day that my carnivalesque pie-in-the-face has enabled him to finally live without dead time.

"But it was just a poo," I said.

"No, it was much more than a poo," he countered. "It was a movement."

Global Mindshif...

My next-door neighbor used to do some things that I didn't like very much, so I held a carnivalesque rebellion. I dressed up as a clown and made a poo on his doorstep.

This simple prank shook him to the core. Almost immediately, he stopped shopping at Wal-Mart and sold both of his cars. He vandalized a Gap store. He quit his job as a CPA so he could devote more time to his drumming. He turned his backyard into an open-source eco-mindspace coffee teach-in.

He told me the other day that my carnivalesque pie-in-the-face has enabled him to finally live without dead time.

"But it was just a poo," I said.

"No, it was much more than a poo," he countered. "It was a movement."

Anonymous

well, yes, cool.....but..... if you are not doing the best you can for the environment, other people and yourself on a daily basis then I guess you would need to have events such as these.

It is not difficult to just be good to each other, ourselves while looking after our footprint everyday, it just needs a shift in bad habits.

I think to make a massive event of it for a few days means that people really have missed the point of just doing good, sustainable actions everyday of there lives.

Freedom is a privilege not a right

and

living well and within the laws of the earth (even as a consumer it is possible) is a neccessity. Personally I thought it is common sense to look after our planet and it's people but it seems others just don't know how to balance their lives. Maybe we need to look at the education system and enforce laws and exams that let people be parents. Can we get India to limit their children to 1 or 2 like in China? That would be a good start.

But a few days of not buying things is ok too I guess but it seems you are looking for a radical way to not permanently disturb your bad consuming habits forever. Balance, people, not redemption and events that fit into your mass consuming lifestyles and low level of responsibility.

Anonymous

well, yes, cool.....but..... if you are not doing the best you can for the environment, other people and yourself on a daily basis then I guess you would need to have events such as these.

It is not difficult to just be good to each other, ourselves while looking after our footprint everyday, it just needs a shift in bad habits.

I think to make a massive event of it for a few days means that people really have missed the point of just doing good, sustainable actions everyday of there lives.

Freedom is a privilege not a right

and

living well and within the laws of the earth (even as a consumer it is possible) is a neccessity. Personally I thought it is common sense to look after our planet and it's people but it seems others just don't know how to balance their lives. Maybe we need to look at the education system and enforce laws and exams that let people be parents. Can we get India to limit their children to 1 or 2 like in China? That would be a good start.

But a few days of not buying things is ok too I guess but it seems you are looking for a radical way to not permanently disturb your bad consuming habits forever. Balance, people, not redemption and events that fit into your mass consuming lifestyles and low level of responsibility.

SethTeeters

If there are any graphic designers in here, we are giving away design resources in support of BND here, http://itsdesigned.tumblr.com/post/1684692086/buy-nothing-day

Currently there are two fonts that I designed, and a free vector, but we encourage you to give away something if you can.

SethTeeters

If there are any graphic designers in here, we are giving away design resources in support of BND here, http://itsdesigned.tumblr.com/post/1684692086/buy-nothing-day

Currently there are two fonts that I designed, and a free vector, but we encourage you to give away something if you can.

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