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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bradkevans

Ok, one poster got it right... if we do this, boycott the big ones, then the small ones we have will become big, right? The "evil" starbucks was once a single coffee shop that grew into a juggernaut... so goes the mainstreaming of any "good" thing... once it becomes big, then it's bad? Google's philosophy of "not being evil" has served it well... it's huge, it's continued to innovate to make the use of the web more accessible to make more people more connected... when will we call them "bad?" We need to realign many things, we need to reconsider our own lives before we start pointing the finger at others. Why are we a world of obese people? Why are we still doing things "the way we always have?" this anti-consumer attitude is all fine and dandy, if you are willing to stop consuming... but my friends... this will only stop when you are dead... conscious consumption perhaps is more of an angle to consider... would you eat the cow if you had to kill it your self after raising it from birth? Would you take this kind of responsibility to actually care for what you consumed? Change is afoot... but until we change our own lives, nothing will change in our world.

bradkevans

Ok, one poster got it right... if we do this, boycott the big ones, then the small ones we have will become big, right? The "evil" starbucks was once a single coffee shop that grew into a juggernaut... so goes the mainstreaming of any "good" thing... once it becomes big, then it's bad? Google's philosophy of "not being evil" has served it well... it's huge, it's continued to innovate to make the use of the web more accessible to make more people more connected... when will we call them "bad?" We need to realign many things, we need to reconsider our own lives before we start pointing the finger at others. Why are we a world of obese people? Why are we still doing things "the way we always have?" this anti-consumer attitude is all fine and dandy, if you are willing to stop consuming... but my friends... this will only stop when you are dead... conscious consumption perhaps is more of an angle to consider... would you eat the cow if you had to kill it your self after raising it from birth? Would you take this kind of responsibility to actually care for what you consumed? Change is afoot... but until we change our own lives, nothing will change in our world.

KenBur

YES! YES! YES! YES! Like a giant machine, our capitalist society churns out consumption driven zombies one by one, fueling the cycle forever and ever. And all the while third world countries starve to death, the environment gets destroyed along with good wholesome local shops, and corporate pigs salivate over the profits they make. The only solution is to stick it the man! From now on before I buy the cheaper, higher quality products from big evil corporations, I will not think of what I want, but who needs help. I will instead buy the things I need from smaller, less efficient, lower quality, and higher expense shops and markets, all the while suggesting to the shop owners that they maintain their poor business strategy so as to protect their wholesome nature and not turn into big evil corporations. For so long the paradigm has been that you need to provide the best service to your customers, but that idea is so fundamentally flawed. When you provide the best service, you get monetary success and subsequent corporate expansion. THIS IS EVIL. The new paradigm needs to be that all companies maintain the perfect balance between poor service and a wholesome personality. If everyone buys into this idea, our economy will no longer propagate the expansion of our shallow and materialistic society and instead change into something we can believe in. We will be a society full of people that don't care about money and material goods, but about helping each other out, making sure that no one becomes big and evil. That's a world I wanna live in, and if other people don't buy into it, we will pass laws making sure they do. Businesses will only be allowed to run on compassion, not competition. People will not be allowed to make products that are desirable, or buy products they actually want, but will be forced to do what is good for everyone else. It is so genius because it assumes people can change into something more than just individuals! No no no. They can become social commodities, bred for the common good, devoid of individual ambition and full of social compassion! Wait... I get the feeling human beings have tried this exact same thing before... like, I don't know... I think its called maxism or something, no... maybe it's... Marxism! Yeah! Wow, that Marx guy really knew what he was doin'. I wonder how it worked out when he tried it? Oh well...

KenBur

YES! YES! YES! YES! Like a giant machine, our capitalist society churns out consumption driven zombies one by one, fueling the cycle forever and ever. And all the while third world countries starve to death, the environment gets destroyed along with good wholesome local shops, and corporate pigs salivate over the profits they make. The only solution is to stick it the man! From now on before I buy the cheaper, higher quality products from big evil corporations, I will not think of what I want, but who needs help. I will instead buy the things I need from smaller, less efficient, lower quality, and higher expense shops and markets, all the while suggesting to the shop owners that they maintain their poor business strategy so as to protect their wholesome nature and not turn into big evil corporations. For so long the paradigm has been that you need to provide the best service to your customers, but that idea is so fundamentally flawed. When you provide the best service, you get monetary success and subsequent corporate expansion. THIS IS EVIL. The new paradigm needs to be that all companies maintain the perfect balance between poor service and a wholesome personality. If everyone buys into this idea, our economy will no longer propagate the expansion of our shallow and materialistic society and instead change into something we can believe in. We will be a society full of people that don't care about money and material goods, but about helping each other out, making sure that no one becomes big and evil. That's a world I wanna live in, and if other people don't buy into it, we will pass laws making sure they do. Businesses will only be allowed to run on compassion, not competition. People will not be allowed to make products that are desirable, or buy products they actually want, but will be forced to do what is good for everyone else. It is so genius because it assumes people can change into something more than just individuals! No no no. They can become social commodities, bred for the common good, devoid of individual ambition and full of social compassion! Wait... I get the feeling human beings have tried this exact same thing before... like, I don't know... I think its called maxism or something, no... maybe it's... Marxism! Yeah! Wow, that Marx guy really knew what he was doin'. I wonder how it worked out when he tried it? Oh well...

kat [a] lyst

This is a great idea except for one thing...in a sad and sick way it still promotes consumerism. Which is the problem to begin with. Like some of the comments before mine say, what happens when local businesses grow big enough to become corporate, then what? I have interpreted it like this, when we find something new, something "good", we over exploit it. Anyone does. Its our society, our culture, our way of life. For example think of reality tv, it's not even good, yet, it pollutes every station in the US. And then you have the spin offs, aka the followers. As soon as we find an alternate route to a problem, everyone else follows. So say, we do what this article says, how long till we are saying the same things about local businesses and bottom feeding because of our own over exploitation? If we aren't all skeptics, then why are we here... I have a quote from one of my favorite bands. "BACK TO THE PRIMITIVE, f*ck all you politics, f*ck all you wannabe's"!!! I feel primitive existence is a very good answer to our problems. In old tribes, they would adapt to the world around them, in our reality, we build our world around us. How naive are we? We can't survive without our creature comforts for even a day, not even one! We would perish in primitive existence. That's the bottom line.

kat [a] lyst

This is a great idea except for one thing...in a sad and sick way it still promotes consumerism. Which is the problem to begin with. Like some of the comments before mine say, what happens when local businesses grow big enough to become corporate, then what? I have interpreted it like this, when we find something new, something "good", we over exploit it. Anyone does. Its our society, our culture, our way of life. For example think of reality tv, it's not even good, yet, it pollutes every station in the US. And then you have the spin offs, aka the followers. As soon as we find an alternate route to a problem, everyone else follows. So say, we do what this article says, how long till we are saying the same things about local businesses and bottom feeding because of our own over exploitation? If we aren't all skeptics, then why are we here... I have a quote from one of my favorite bands. "BACK TO THE PRIMITIVE, f*ck all you politics, f*ck all you wannabe's"!!! I feel primitive existence is a very good answer to our problems. In old tribes, they would adapt to the world around them, in our reality, we build our world around us. How naive are we? We can't survive without our creature comforts for even a day, not even one! We would perish in primitive existence. That's the bottom line.

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