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Wildcat General Strike

Turn Buy Nothing Day up a notch this year by joining the Wildcat General Strike! On November 27/28 we are asking you to claw at capitalism and sink your teeth deeper into the corporate machine.

Buy Nothing Day was a radical concept when we first introduced it 20 years ago. It struck a blow against the very heart of our consumer culture. For the first decade of its existence it had a profound and sweeping effect, shining a light on the dark side of consumerism at a time when the world was largely oblivious to its insidious effects. Year after year it fired up the world’s imagination – inspiring its fair share of sympathy and solidarity, resistance and mockery. I remember people laughing their heads off at the sight of my BND button. But somehow, as the years wore on (and despite the fact that last year it was celebrated in 65 countries around the world), the day seems to be losing its edge. Now, as humanity faces crises of ecology, psychology and faith, the time has come to rethink the day, to reanimate it with new intensity, purpose and scale.

This year we’re calling for a wildcat general strike. On November 27/28 we’re asking tens of millions of people around the world to bring the capitalist consumption machine to a grinding – if only momentary – halt. We want you to shut off your lights, your televisions and other nonessential appliances. We want you to park your car, turn off your phones and log off your computer for the day. We’re calling for a Ramadan-like fast. From sunrise to sunset, we abstain en masse. Not only from shopping but from all the temptations of our five-planet lifestyles.

Instead we’ll feed our spirits and minds with a feast of subversive activities: pranks, shenanigans, credit card cut-ups, bicycle swarms, mall invasions and all manner of culture jams and creative détournements … and some of us will take things even further with sit-ins, demonstrations, passive resistance and acts of nonviolent defiance, anarchy and civil disobedience. If we can create a big enough ruckus on November 27/28, then we may be able to catalyze what the Situationists tried to set in motion half a century ago: a chain reaction of refusal against consumer capitalism … a sudden, unexpected moment of truth … the first ever global revolution.

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tell others

Yeah they preach to the choir, but that is their only audience. What we the choir must do is go and tell as many people as possible. We must get out and spread the word ourselves. If YOU don't join in, and YOU don't get others to join in, then YOU are part of the problem. The problem is our unsustainable consumption based growth model economy.

"What many now call 'growth' will soon be seen as accelerated decay."
Dan Fiscus

"Anyone who thinks that an economy can be expanded forever, within the confines of a finite planet, is either a madman or an economist"
Economist Kenneth Boulding

"Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all."
Economist John Maynard Keynes

"Environmental injury is deficit spending. It’s a way of loading the cost of our generation’s prosperity on to the backs of our children."
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

tell others

Yeah they preach to the choir, but that is their only audience. What we the choir must do is go and tell as many people as possible. We must get out and spread the word ourselves. If YOU don't join in, and YOU don't get others to join in, then YOU are part of the problem. The problem is our unsustainable consumption based growth model economy.

"What many now call 'growth' will soon be seen as accelerated decay."
Dan Fiscus

"Anyone who thinks that an economy can be expanded forever, within the confines of a finite planet, is either a madman or an economist"
Economist Kenneth Boulding

"Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all."
Economist John Maynard Keynes

"Environmental injury is deficit spending. It’s a way of loading the cost of our generation’s prosperity on to the backs of our children."
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Anonymous

Inimically better than the General Oildinero Strike Obomber plans around the same time! Maybe even prophylactic of the Barack Attack!!

Anonymous

Inimically better than the General Oildinero Strike Obomber plans around the same time! Maybe even prophylactic of the Barack Attack!!

craig mcintosh

Why is it so monumentous that we have a single day purchase-free? participating in BND seems pretty trite. going one day is a fine way to exemplify how we suck less. we should be trying to not suck less but actively be good. by the way, you guy's arguing up there are exercising futility. i suggest that you simply put your energy to something more productive than getting angry with a meme. i find readership of adbusters is comprised of 'the angry' rather than 'the active'. tsk tsk you littles, you.

craig mcintosh

Why is it so monumentous that we have a single day purchase-free? participating in BND seems pretty trite. going one day is a fine way to exemplify how we suck less. we should be trying to not suck less but actively be good. by the way, you guy's arguing up there are exercising futility. i suggest that you simply put your energy to something more productive than getting angry with a meme. i find readership of adbusters is comprised of 'the angry' rather than 'the active'. tsk tsk you littles, you.

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