The Big Ideas of 2009

Adbusters #81, JAN/FEB 2009

The Big Ideas of 2009

Big Ideas of 2009

Only in Canada

The trend in the Anglo-American world is to move beyond the conservatism of the Bush era and support progressive, environmentally-conscious governments. Canadians, however, have elected Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper for another term as prime minister, positioning Canada as an outcast among developed nations when it comes to taking action on climate change.

Big Idea: A Steady-State Economy

The growth economy is failing and we have to attempt a steady-state economy. The steady state answer is that the rich should reduce their throughput growth to free up resources and ecological space for use by the poor, while focusing their domestic efforts on development, technical and social improvements, that can be freely shared with poor countries.

Big in Japan

The sudden increase in popularity of Kanikosen (The Crab-Canning Ship), a bleak 20th century novel seething with proletarian despair, points to tectonic shifts taking place beneath the polished veneer of Japanese society.

Spiraling into Chaos

Less than a decade ago Mexico was considered the darling of Latin America. International analysts applauded the country as a beacon of democracy, justice and modernity. Today, violence and organized crime in Mexico are escalating, prompting writer Mónica López to wonder if the country is descending into a land of violence, lawlessness and chaos.

Seismic Shifts Down Under

The first months of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s term in office were full of positive action: he ratified Kyoto, promised to withdraw Australian troops from Iraq and publicly apologized to Indigenous Australians for years of mistreatment. But no honeymoon lasts forever, and as Rudd’s term unfolds his conservative side is coming to light.

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Generations
The Big Ideas of 2009

Generations

Four living generations have set the stage for the political youth of today. (This slideshow is a adapted from a photo spread which appeared in Adbusters #81.)
Seismic Shifts Down Under

Seismic Shifts Down Under

Kevin Rudd’s first few months as Australia's prime minister were full of positive action: he ratified Kyoto and publicly apologized to Indigenous Australians. But no honeymoon lasts forever and Rudd’s worrying conservative side is coming to light.

Into Africa

Into Africa

A woman journeys into rural Kenya to the welcoming home of Sho sho, a local matriarch, and discovers the kind and complicated spirit of Africa.

Crime Pays

Crime Pays

Mexico is headed down a dark path as violence intensifies, corruption worsens, and the gap between rich and poor continues to grow.

Finding Freedom

Finding Freedom

After realizing that being a freedom fighter with the Karen National Union may not be the best way to bring peace to his country, a Burmese man explores the many facets of revolutionary action.

Big Idea: A Steady-State Economy
The Big Ideas of 2009

Big Idea: A Steady-State Economy

The growth economy is failing and we have to attempt a steady-state economy. The steady state answer is that the rich should reduce their throughput growth to free up resources and ecological space for use by the poor, while focusing their domestic efforts on development, technical and social improvements, that can be freely shared with poor countries.
Bush's Parting Gift to Israel

Bush's Parting Gift to Israel

A new US-staffed radar base on Israeli soil may indicate that Israel is shifting from an American ally to an American protectorate.
Big in Japan

Big in Japan

The popularity of a bleak, 20th-century novel points to tectonic shifts beneath the surface of Japanese society. (Photo by Yoshinori Kon)

The Crisis

The Crisis

Groundbreaking economist, Herman Daly, zeroes in on the root cause of our financial meltdown.

Legacy
The Big Ideas of 2009

Legacy

How will the 43rd President of the United States be remembered? Chances are, as the Torture President.

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