Live Without Dead Time

We need to narrow our focus and shrink our world.

We stop buying our music from corporate-owned stores, our food from supermarkets and our clothing from malls. We become bottom-feeders, always foraging at the lowest levels of consumption. In every purchase we make, we obsessively search for the wisest, most enlightened deals. And when we find them, we share that knowledge with our friends. We punish the big, the super and the mega. We reward the small, the slow, the local, the personal.

Size is our enemy.

And once we have shrunk our world, narrowed our focus and imposed some much needed discipline of self, we start networking with other activists to launch coordinated global attacks. A million people a day drinking indie coffee instead of Starbucks. Another million boycotting Exxon Mobil. And thousands more every day choosing indie sneakers over Nike.

In this way we become true cultural creatives … playful resistors …catalysts for change. We become dispensers of bottom-up cool. A growing mass of people driving the evolution of capitalism, transforming it into a healthier, more just, more grassroots affair.

In this Year of the Ox, let’s turn megacorporate capitalism on its head.

For the Wild, Kalle

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Anonymous

In my opinion we must not let capitalistic/consumers or whatever the they are called values should influence too much on our lives and happiness. this age gave us the opportunity to live much better, to see, learn, and experience more. and of course to live easier and work less. the point is that everyone is obssesed. you are not a normal person if you do not own something. the more you own the better person you are. that is so sad. regarding this i had everything and then i lost it, and then i made everything again from 0 and lost it again it was me when i had 'stuff" it was me poor. i was happier when i was poor :) i buy domestic products from my small easteurope country and I support local stores-not going to malls etc.. and just to emphasise i dont do it to be cool i do it becuse i think that a thing like "saving up" your money by going to mega markets is imaginatory. u dont save any money, you feel bad because u whant this and that and buy shit you dont even need. in my local store, they always chit chat with me, they know what i like and it makes me happy to go there.

Anonymous

In my opinion we must not let capitalistic/consumers or whatever the they are called values should influence too much on our lives and happiness. this age gave us the opportunity to live much better, to see, learn, and experience more. and of course to live easier and work less. the point is that everyone is obssesed. you are not a normal person if you do not own something. the more you own the better person you are. that is so sad. regarding this i had everything and then i lost it, and then i made everything again from 0 and lost it again it was me when i had 'stuff" it was me poor. i was happier when i was poor :) i buy domestic products from my small easteurope country and I support local stores-not going to malls etc.. and just to emphasise i dont do it to be cool i do it becuse i think that a thing like "saving up" your money by going to mega markets is imaginatory. u dont save any money, you feel bad because u whant this and that and buy shit you dont even need. in my local store, they always chit chat with me, they know what i like and it makes me happy to go there.

popo

self-discipline. yes. accountability. yesyes. generosity. three times yes. it takes honesty, open-mindedness, and whole lot of willingness to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. keep it healthy!!!

popo

self-discipline. yes. accountability. yesyes. generosity. three times yes. it takes honesty, open-mindedness, and whole lot of willingness to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. keep it healthy!!!

Anonymous

i guess it is very complicated. for example the facotry killed any chance of having teh personal touch- the choice- see for example ppl eat the chese- any brand- from japan to california. cuz factory took a step one day ago against teh local cheese makaers. cuz factory wanted to sell. so we missed the all possible choices we could have. this is true for many prodcuts- bread, wine, on the other hands the choices that capitalism brought are in teh new products they intorduce... but there is one fact which is that the manipulation that the big companies applay on the modern societies is beyond comprehension. the labratories can produce viruses and diseases. others can make life of mankind even longer. this for no doubt will lead to a catastrophic FACISM. no escape. and forbiding smoking in europe was not but a systematic application of new mind control over the europians. see the effect of iraqi war? 1.5 millions been hunted and killed. and this did not make teh western man more moral but more panic and more afraid and phobic. this means that sooner killing will be for living and this will be very will furnetued with eco-panic and hunger and other drama we hear of.

Anonymous

i guess it is very complicated. for example the facotry killed any chance of having teh personal touch- the choice- see for example ppl eat the chese- any brand- from japan to california. cuz factory took a step one day ago against teh local cheese makaers. cuz factory wanted to sell. so we missed the all possible choices we could have. this is true for many prodcuts- bread, wine, on the other hands the choices that capitalism brought are in teh new products they intorduce... but there is one fact which is that the manipulation that the big companies applay on the modern societies is beyond comprehension. the labratories can produce viruses and diseases. others can make life of mankind even longer. this for no doubt will lead to a catastrophic FACISM. no escape. and forbiding smoking in europe was not but a systematic application of new mind control over the europians. see the effect of iraqi war? 1.5 millions been hunted and killed. and this did not make teh western man more moral but more panic and more afraid and phobic. this means that sooner killing will be for living and this will be very will furnetued with eco-panic and hunger and other drama we hear of.

Brian

Kalle, come back! My first issues of Adbusters were purchased in 2001-2003 and they expanded my imagination beyond anything else the recent 'busters have inspired. The new zines are also good, but the power of imagery was so prevalent in older issues of the magazine that new issues pale in comparison to the emotional roller coaster you used to take me on. Get me high again, Kalle. =)

Brian

Kalle, come back! My first issues of Adbusters were purchased in 2001-2003 and they expanded my imagination beyond anything else the recent 'busters have inspired. The new zines are also good, but the power of imagery was so prevalent in older issues of the magazine that new issues pale in comparison to the emotional roller coaster you used to take me on. Get me high again, Kalle. =)

Anonymous

Better than boycott big corporations would be if all people decided to withdraw money from banks. That would be the quickest and easier way of ruining capitalism system. Once one understand that the real owners of everything are banks, this kind of "attitude" would be much more viable to happen.

Anonymous

Better than boycott big corporations would be if all people decided to withdraw money from banks. That would be the quickest and easier way of ruining capitalism system. Once one understand that the real owners of everything are banks, this kind of "attitude" would be much more viable to happen.

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