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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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zack

i thought the whole point was to simply consume less, not end capitalism. surely if we consume less, some individuals might lose profits, but that's fine. capitalism will always be here but wasteful spending and consuming needn't be.

.com hardly refers to commerce anymore, and sites that use it aren't always concerned with profit. it's the most popular domain and a logical choice for anyone who wants traffic.

bicycles aren't that ridiculous.

zack

i thought the whole point was to simply consume less, not end capitalism. surely if we consume less, some individuals might lose profits, but that's fine. capitalism will always be here but wasteful spending and consuming needn't be.

.com hardly refers to commerce anymore, and sites that use it aren't always concerned with profit. it's the most popular domain and a logical choice for anyone who wants traffic.

bicycles aren't that ridiculous.

Anonymous

Flash Mob on this day is a good idea. What a sight would be several dozen people pushing empty shopping carts around and around and around............................................ and around. ENJOYING THEMSELVES.

Anonymous

Flash Mob on this day is a good idea. What a sight would be several dozen people pushing empty shopping carts around and around and around............................................ and around. ENJOYING THEMSELVES.

Anonymous

It is amazing that so many greenies and those of us worried about the environment seem to not realise that nearly all the world's deterioration, which of course includes pollution, declining climate, diminishing fresh water, crime, hunger etc is because of chronic overpopulation. Treating the symptoms, instead of the cause (an overstocked world), will not do much to fix the challenge. In western medicine it simply lines the bank accounts of the pharmaceutical and many doctors and it will not save mankind from massive fatalities until the stocking rate of the world is about two billion, not seven or eight!

The Vatican has much for which to answer.

Anonymous

It is amazing that so many greenies and those of us worried about the environment seem to not realise that nearly all the world's deterioration, which of course includes pollution, declining climate, diminishing fresh water, crime, hunger etc is because of chronic overpopulation. Treating the symptoms, instead of the cause (an overstocked world), will not do much to fix the challenge. In western medicine it simply lines the bank accounts of the pharmaceutical and many doctors and it will not save mankind from massive fatalities until the stocking rate of the world is about two billion, not seven or eight!

The Vatican has much for which to answer.

Anonymous

not just how many. also how much we use. overpopulation is key. but we must remember that consumption rates are of critical importance.

Anonymous

not just how many. also how much we use. overpopulation is key. but we must remember that consumption rates are of critical importance.

Anonymous

I don't think it's the wisest idea in the middle of the recovery from a terrible recession to encourage people not to spend money. Maybe you view it all as wasteful consumerism, but like it or not, it drives the economy. The junk that people buy puts food on the tables for many families. Think about all the people involved in the process from the factory workers to the drivers to the stock people to the cashiers, etc. It's not just faceless corporations. You can be high and mighty and say you'll be self sufficient, but there are a lot of people out there who don't have that option. It's not that consumption isn't a problem. It is. But there's a lot of things to consider before just deciding not to buy things, and some of those things may affect you adversely in ways you may not have thought about.

Anonymous

I don't think it's the wisest idea in the middle of the recovery from a terrible recession to encourage people not to spend money. Maybe you view it all as wasteful consumerism, but like it or not, it drives the economy. The junk that people buy puts food on the tables for many families. Think about all the people involved in the process from the factory workers to the drivers to the stock people to the cashiers, etc. It's not just faceless corporations. You can be high and mighty and say you'll be self sufficient, but there are a lot of people out there who don't have that option. It's not that consumption isn't a problem. It is. But there's a lot of things to consider before just deciding not to buy things, and some of those things may affect you adversely in ways you may not have thought about.

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