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

kat(y)list. i think you missed the point - although i see where you're coming from. what is described is a process not a total solution. if people continue to be bottom-feeders then it wont be a situation of over sized local stores. also, i wanted to add that another very important resource that we have to take control of is the corporate waste. this piles up in restaraunt bins every night - fills supermarket skips (still packaged and before the "use by" date) etc etc. if we could use this more effectively within our society (give it to the homeless, to students, to anyone wanting free food) we would be doing a good thing. keep up the good work., and have an enlightening new years. hector "hollywood" swanson.,

Anonymous

kat(y)list. i think you missed the point - although i see where you're coming from. what is described is a process not a total solution. if people continue to be bottom-feeders then it wont be a situation of over sized local stores. also, i wanted to add that another very important resource that we have to take control of is the corporate waste. this piles up in restaraunt bins every night - fills supermarket skips (still packaged and before the "use by" date) etc etc. if we could use this more effectively within our society (give it to the homeless, to students, to anyone wanting free food) we would be doing a good thing. keep up the good work., and have an enlightening new years. hector "hollywood" swanson.,

Anonymous

But the corporations are just going to use the inde "bottom feeder" cool. they will repackage it, and it will be available for sale at every store in mall. People are not interested in integrity. They're interested in style. Can't we fight it without a trendy cultural movement? You know, in a way that people who aren't attending liberal arts colleges can relate to?

Anonymous

But the corporations are just going to use the inde "bottom feeder" cool. they will repackage it, and it will be available for sale at every store in mall. People are not interested in integrity. They're interested in style. Can't we fight it without a trendy cultural movement? You know, in a way that people who aren't attending liberal arts colleges can relate to?

Anonymous

some day our race may form a global society based on common interests such as survival in harmony with this planet,a economy not based on human greed or desireuntil then we are a biological investation on the crust of this rock -earth.-peace+love to all

Anonymous

some day our race may form a global society based on common interests such as survival in harmony with this planet,a economy not based on human greed or desireuntil then we are a biological investation on the crust of this rock -earth.-peace+love to all

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