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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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Jacob Stashower

Your points are completely correct, the fact that people believe that a single day will change how the worlds works is completely correct. but some would say that the fact that people are even thinking about it is a success. but that is an absolute falsety. just thinking about it is no success.

Jacob Stashower

Your points are completely correct, the fact that people believe that a single day will change how the worlds works is completely correct. but some would say that the fact that people are even thinking about it is a success. but that is an absolute falsety. just thinking about it is no success.

Jacob Stashower

I think that the consept of buy nothing day is a good one, but the way in which it is being carried out is incorrect, the action of not nuying anything for one day is pointless, when the next day you turn around and continue to purchase products, if in your soul, you are truely agenst the world and how it runs, grow your own food, make your own cloths from cotton that you grow, dig a well for water, use solar pannels for your own energy, become completely independent. but dont do something for only one day.

Jacob Stashower

I think that the consept of buy nothing day is a good one, but the way in which it is being carried out is incorrect, the action of not nuying anything for one day is pointless, when the next day you turn around and continue to purchase products, if in your soul, you are truely agenst the world and how it runs, grow your own food, make your own cloths from cotton that you grow, dig a well for water, use solar pannels for your own energy, become completely independent. but dont do something for only one day.

NunoBer

Why not? BND may not ever be a huge step against this world of moneyocracy, but it definitly will help, making people, active or not, members or completely unaware of the movement, but if one even knows about the BND, will be more in touch with the cause and more apart the capitalism monster.

NunoBer

Why not? BND may not ever be a huge step against this world of moneyocracy, but it definitly will help, making people, active or not, members or completely unaware of the movement, but if one even knows about the BND, will be more in touch with the cause and more apart the capitalism monster.

Robert D - GO B...

BND should be bigger than just not buying for one day. Every time you buy something, you vote. You vote for the quality of the meat you eat, how much a McDonald’s worker gets paid or how influential China is allowed to be in our country (they are now creating American Indian art sans the MADE IN CHINA sticker). Therefore, don’t go for cheap, go for culture. You shouldn’t put a price tag on your culture or anyone else’s.

Ideas for BND

1. Offer information to the community on how they can spend less and get involved in their local community. Don’t be too negative. Remember that hope is a better motivator than doom. Just ask Obama! HOPE HOPE HOPE. But, you also have to do something. So get them out there! You can find some really great ideas on community gatherings at simplelivingnetwork.net. I really like their THE CIRCLE OF SIMPLICITY podcasts (found by clicking on the SimpleRadio link on the website).

2. A local theater company, group of college actors or kick ass camp counselors can offer fun theater exercises/ice-breakers in the park or at a community center. It’s a great way to help businessmom and businessdad to loosen up and have a bit of fun. This will make them easier to talk to and then they can just be mom and dad. Hell, they may even turn into Joe and Mary again. Miracles do happen! If Joe and Mary do show up, have a few tissues at hand. It can often be emotional to find yourself after years of neglect. This is also a great time to hit them with idea #1. They will be more open to hear how they can help the world and themselves.

3. Check out Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping in NYC. They are still working on the details, but you can find them at www.revbilly.com.

4. If you can’t make it to NY, then follow in Billy’s footsteps and become Reverend Bob or Reverend Sarah in your own community. You can check out Billy’s political antics on his website and youtube.

5. Just be idle. Go to the park and watch the clouds, listen to the birds and chase the squirrels. Take an afternoon nap, slowly wake and scratch yourself in private places without the need to blush. Ahhhhh….to be natural! If you need a role model on how to be idle, just watch your cat or dog. They are experts! If you need a bit of activity later in the day, take the dog out for a walk or take a jog. If you see a neighbor, stop, say hello and chat for a while. You can also read at a leisurely pace on such a day. A great book full of ideas on how to be idle is HOW TO BE IDLE by Tom Hodgkinson. Check it out!

6. Check out the posted events on adbuster's webiste: https://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd. You can also post your events there.

Does anyone else have ideas for BND?

Robert D - GO B...

BND should be bigger than just not buying for one day. Every time you buy something, you vote. You vote for the quality of the meat you eat, how much a McDonald’s worker gets paid or how influential China is allowed to be in our country (they are now creating American Indian art sans the MADE IN CHINA sticker). Therefore, don’t go for cheap, go for culture. You shouldn’t put a price tag on your culture or anyone else’s.

Ideas for BND

1. Offer information to the community on how they can spend less and get involved in their local community. Don’t be too negative. Remember that hope is a better motivator than doom. Just ask Obama! HOPE HOPE HOPE. But, you also have to do something. So get them out there! You can find some really great ideas on community gatherings at simplelivingnetwork.net. I really like their THE CIRCLE OF SIMPLICITY podcasts (found by clicking on the SimpleRadio link on the website).

2. A local theater company, group of college actors or kick ass camp counselors can offer fun theater exercises/ice-breakers in the park or at a community center. It’s a great way to help businessmom and businessdad to loosen up and have a bit of fun. This will make them easier to talk to and then they can just be mom and dad. Hell, they may even turn into Joe and Mary again. Miracles do happen! If Joe and Mary do show up, have a few tissues at hand. It can often be emotional to find yourself after years of neglect. This is also a great time to hit them with idea #1. They will be more open to hear how they can help the world and themselves.

3. Check out Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping in NYC. They are still working on the details, but you can find them at www.revbilly.com.

4. If you can’t make it to NY, then follow in Billy’s footsteps and become Reverend Bob or Reverend Sarah in your own community. You can check out Billy’s political antics on his website and youtube.

5. Just be idle. Go to the park and watch the clouds, listen to the birds and chase the squirrels. Take an afternoon nap, slowly wake and scratch yourself in private places without the need to blush. Ahhhhh….to be natural! If you need a role model on how to be idle, just watch your cat or dog. They are experts! If you need a bit of activity later in the day, take the dog out for a walk or take a jog. If you see a neighbor, stop, say hello and chat for a while. You can also read at a leisurely pace on such a day. A great book full of ideas on how to be idle is HOW TO BE IDLE by Tom Hodgkinson. Check it out!

6. Check out the posted events on adbuster's webiste: https://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd. You can also post your events there.

Does anyone else have ideas for BND?

Anonymous

This is ridiculous. Really. A bicycle swarm? Did you buy that bicycle? Where from? Go see a local community group? Did they walk there, or teleport? Probably drove or took the bus, thus buying SOMETHING. Revbilly.com? That's kinda funny. What does the .com stand for? Communication? Compassion? Oh no, that's right, COMMERCE. The stuff he's protesting. Then you tell me to buy a book? Are you kidding? Do you LOOK at what you're saying?

It's nice that you want to end capitalism. I hope you understand that without capitalism, you wouldn't be telling people how to end it. No, you'd actually asleep right now, trying to figure out if you had enough food to survive through the cold seasons.

Anonymous

This is ridiculous. Really. A bicycle swarm? Did you buy that bicycle? Where from? Go see a local community group? Did they walk there, or teleport? Probably drove or took the bus, thus buying SOMETHING. Revbilly.com? That's kinda funny. What does the .com stand for? Communication? Compassion? Oh no, that's right, COMMERCE. The stuff he's protesting. Then you tell me to buy a book? Are you kidding? Do you LOOK at what you're saying?

It's nice that you want to end capitalism. I hope you understand that without capitalism, you wouldn't be telling people how to end it. No, you'd actually asleep right now, trying to figure out if you had enough food to survive through the cold seasons.

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