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Spiritual Insurrection

The ultimate culture jam.
Spiritual Insurrection: The ultimate culture jam
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We awoke one morning to the dark realization that humanity is being dragged into a black hole of ecological, financial and spiritual catastrophe … that our democracy has been seized by a corporatocracy … that every day two hundred species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become forever extinct … that a deluge of advertising is sleepwalking our civilization to the brink of insanity … and that unless we fight back in the most visceral and creative way possible all will be lost.

And yet, what sets our struggle apart in 2012 is that we are not fighting to save a distant future. We are not trying to prevent some terrible event that is still to come. This is not about our unborn grandchildren. Instead, many of us sense that the threshold has already been crossed; the tipping point has already happened and what we are fighting for is our present. We are living in that tragic moment of eerie stillness where the fatal damage has been done, widening cracks can be seen, yet the edifice still stands and business as usual continues … but for how much longer?

Our days may be shadowed by this dark realization, but there is reason to be deeply optimistic for “where danger is, grows the saving power also.” Never before has the tantalizing possibility of a Global Spring, a worldwide people’s insurgency for democracy, seemed as close. For perhaps the first time in human history, we just might be on the edge of an everywhere-at-once revolution against the financial fraudsters, corporate lackeys and the ideology of consumerism that has brought the Earth to the precipice of collapse.

In this, the era of the total and transcendent indignato swarm, we look to each other, not to the masters above, to find out what it will take to pull off the ultimate culture jam: spiritual insurrection.

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Those people are not going to get a job or change anything if they waste their time sleeping outside in a park in the middle of winter.

If you want to make a real difference, go to China or North Korea and protest the conditions there. Try helping to improve working conditions and raise wages in those countries so they will not have such an unfair economic advantage against more developed countries.


I dont totally agree with you but I want to so the person sleeping with the nikes on can see who made their shoes and realize ....damn I guess I have it pretty good after all


yes, Stupid hypocrites for having shoes and a blanket! How dare they use existing market available products for warmth.They should be making their own clothes and blankets! The nerve.


Yeah, because surely they couldn't possibly be living off the *fat* of the products available *second-hand* by a subsidized economy, right? I mean the assumption that their clothes aren't recycled is at least equally arrogant.


as someone who's been blacklisted from China for human rights activism, let me just say that your solution isn't really credible. especially in North Korea. wait, were you joking? considering most of the manufacturing capital in those countries trace back to western countries, it seems addressing the conditions that lead American businesses to employ what amounts to variations on slave labor in nations that are happy to exploit their own people might be more practical.

also, just for the record: that photo is from Spain:


Then sneak into China or North Korea and educate the workers of their rights. Organize unions and start protests. If they throw you in jail then protest from jail. Don't take the easy way out by sleeping in a park.


As respectful as possible, I would like to recommend some research on these countries, especially North Korea. Its is not a place you can just sneak into and start talking to groups of people. There are almost no foreigners residing there, so blending in is not an option. You will get caught and sent to a gulag and it takes a former president of the USA to get you out of there if your lucky enough to get some MSM mention of it. There's a lot of hyperbole regarding countries that have shaky relations to the USA, but the criticisms of North Korea being "1984" incarnate is grounded in some fact.


The injustices in China and in Korea are a direct result of the interference of "EVIL KINGS" in our country and our world into the affairs of these "emerging economies" to expect anything different is "illusorical"!


"If you want to make a real difference..." take on my worldview and protest things that bother me in a way that I approve of, away from me


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