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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Mike L

I get totally stressed always trying to make the right buys between saving bucks and supporting local shops. Can anyone share any personal resources for anti-consumerist shopping? Heres some i've found off the top of my head: www.localharvest.com www.etsy.com www.craigslist.org

Mike L

I get totally stressed always trying to make the right buys between saving bucks and supporting local shops. Can anyone share any personal resources for anti-consumerist shopping? Heres some i've found off the top of my head: www.localharvest.com www.etsy.com www.craigslist.org

I am so wise

"We reward the small, the slow, the local, the personal." McDonald's is currently under boycott by Christian conservatives, like those who own "the small, the slow, the local, the personal" eatries by my house because they, McDonald's, give benefits to same-sex partners. Who should purchase from? The McDonald's near my house sponsors numerous sports teams, school programs, and other charity projects. It is also owned by a guy in the neighborhood. Should I patronize the McDonald's or the other locally owned business that are "the small, the slow, the local, the personal" business that are not doing the same? How many stores does a chain need to have before its off limits? Starbucks makes vastly superior coffee compared to the local coffee houses. Why should I make do with an inferior product? Corporate music stations play the music I like. Given that I am better educated than the bulk of this magazine's readership, why should I believe that ads not personal tastes have driven my like of music? If McDonald's produces such bland food, why does everyone eat there?

I am so wise

"We reward the small, the slow, the local, the personal." McDonald's is currently under boycott by Christian conservatives, like those who own "the small, the slow, the local, the personal" eatries by my house because they, McDonald's, give benefits to same-sex partners. Who should purchase from? The McDonald's near my house sponsors numerous sports teams, school programs, and other charity projects. It is also owned by a guy in the neighborhood. Should I patronize the McDonald's or the other locally owned business that are "the small, the slow, the local, the personal" business that are not doing the same? How many stores does a chain need to have before its off limits? Starbucks makes vastly superior coffee compared to the local coffee houses. Why should I make do with an inferior product? Corporate music stations play the music I like. Given that I am better educated than the bulk of this magazine's readership, why should I believe that ads not personal tastes have driven my like of music? If McDonald's produces such bland food, why does everyone eat there?

Coogee Crow

I like all these people out there punching out comments and ideas but I really think you have it all wrong, no offense. Just about all we have comes from nature. Timber, steel, coal, oil = homes, furniture, products, "Economies" and of course cars. It seems to me we are running out of this stuff. That's it we are all so fucked! Unless we come up with a magic bullet like create the power of the sun with 'fusion'? Harness solar power? I don't know - and if someone know I'm sure i would be on "The Market"!

Coogee Crow

I like all these people out there punching out comments and ideas but I really think you have it all wrong, no offense. Just about all we have comes from nature. Timber, steel, coal, oil = homes, furniture, products, "Economies" and of course cars. It seems to me we are running out of this stuff. That's it we are all so fucked! Unless we come up with a magic bullet like create the power of the sun with 'fusion'? Harness solar power? I don't know - and if someone know I'm sure i would be on "The Market"!

Coogee Crow

Sorry correction - "And if someone 'KNEW' I'm sure - 'IT' would be one 'The Market'!" I hate tinny key boards!

Coogee Crow

Sorry correction - "And if someone 'KNEW' I'm sure - 'IT' would be one 'The Market'!" I hate tinny key boards!

billy

This article is inspiring, and buying ethically is a great short-term solution. However, it doesn't get to the root of the problem. How about not just 'ethical consumption" but simply Buy Nothing New. Begin to fuck the money system completely. Because there's no need for it, clinging to the money system is merely intellectual materialism. In searching for ways to have less of an impact on this earth and its wee earthlings, I find myself stumbling over festering pools of 'Ethical consuption is the only way' bullshit. Ok, so I don't drive, eat at fastfood restaurants, buy slave labour stuff, use plastic bags etc etc. And that's all worth it. But financial boycott is simply not enough. How truly enslaved are we by the system if we all believe that just SPENDING DIFFERENTLY will save us. First of all, how about not spending at all? Borrowing, stealing, making, atleast buying second hand. And, more imporatantly, how about mobilising, organising, protesting, street-arting, about all that oppresses us - surveillance culture, the monetary system, sexism, racism, war, animal exploitation, environmental exploitation, governmant control, mainstream media, advertising, slave labour, police states... because they are all linked, linked by the same consumption-hungry attitude that blinds humanity, and all come back to one root problem: the monetary system, in its infinite greed. /end rant... Open your eyes www.thezeitgeistmovement.com

billy

This article is inspiring, and buying ethically is a great short-term solution. However, it doesn't get to the root of the problem. How about not just 'ethical consumption" but simply Buy Nothing New. Begin to fuck the money system completely. Because there's no need for it, clinging to the money system is merely intellectual materialism. In searching for ways to have less of an impact on this earth and its wee earthlings, I find myself stumbling over festering pools of 'Ethical consuption is the only way' bullshit. Ok, so I don't drive, eat at fastfood restaurants, buy slave labour stuff, use plastic bags etc etc. And that's all worth it. But financial boycott is simply not enough. How truly enslaved are we by the system if we all believe that just SPENDING DIFFERENTLY will save us. First of all, how about not spending at all? Borrowing, stealing, making, atleast buying second hand. And, more imporatantly, how about mobilising, organising, protesting, street-arting, about all that oppresses us - surveillance culture, the monetary system, sexism, racism, war, animal exploitation, environmental exploitation, governmant control, mainstream media, advertising, slave labour, police states... because they are all linked, linked by the same consumption-hungry attitude that blinds humanity, and all come back to one root problem: the monetary system, in its infinite greed. /end rant... Open your eyes www.thezeitgeistmovement.com

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