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Adbusters G20 Jam

A message to economics students all over the world.
Photo by Joe Sheffer via Flickr

Photo by Joe Sheffer via Flickr

We are a colony of maggots, feeding on nature’s bloated corpse while economic policy makers soothe our troubled minds with lies. Not to worry, they tell us, we’re pulling out of this recession, we’re making progress – the key is more liquidity, more stimulus, more credit, more consumption, more growth.

The time has come to call their bluff.

We need to band together and challenge this powerful intellectual army, whose generals include Greenspan, Summers, Bernanke, Geithner, who have boots on the ground in Blankfein, Buffett, Bloomberg, Straus-Kahn, whose propaganda ministers include Wolf, Friedman, Krugman and textbook authors Samuelson, Nordhaus, Mankiw, and whose foot soldiers are the business and economics professors in universities around the world. Their combined efforts perpetuate the great economic myth of our time: the necessity of ever-increasing growth and consumption, a myth that keeps the ghost ship of consumer capitalism sailing perilously toward certain destruction.

There has never been a better time to wage this meme war. In the aftermath of the meltdown of 2008 (which not even one in a hundred economists saw coming), the profession is demoralized and ripe for a monumental mindshift … the very kind that transformed the science of astronomy 400 years ago, when we suddenly woke up to the fact that the Earth revolves around the Sun and not the other way around. Today, as climate catastrophe looms, threatening the greatest market failure the world has ever seen, we are experiencing another mass awakening. We are beginning to realize that our human money economy is not the center of the world, but rather just a subset of the planetary bioeconomy.

You are feeling restless, the public has grown uneasy, and the internet is buzzing with dissent. The movement to overhaul curricula, pioneer new measures of progress and usher in a true-cost global market regime suddenly feels unstoppable.

Have some fun, whip up debate, slap up posters, invite dissenting guest speakers to address your class and relish the thrill of playing cat and mouse with your professors. We are standing at the beginning of a new era in which a new kind of economy, a sustainable economy, is struggling to be born.

Go to kickitover.org, read some articles, share them with a friend, print some posters and be a part of it.

For the Wild, Kalle

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Virginia Bryant

A few good trips to the library will accomplish exactly nothing (trust me, I know, I practically live there), if people of good will are not willing to take a stand loudly and publicly against the gross injustices perpetrated by those believing they "have more money than God" so therefeor own the world..

Virginia Bryant

A few good trips to the library will accomplish exactly nothing (trust me, I know, I practically live there), if people of good will are not willing to take a stand loudly and publicly against the gross injustices perpetrated by those believing they "have more money than God" so therefeor own the world..

Virginia Bryant

So putting up posters in the higher reaches of academia is going to change things?
puhleeze

2 bits of expository writing that are very good,

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/naomi-klein/sticking-the-public-with_b_627805.html

and

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/12697/64796?RS_show_page=0

and Then, go to this address, which is the so called "Financial Crisis Inquiry Commision" of the USA

http://www.fcic.gov/contact/

You will only be allowed to submit writing as a "whistle blower".

Do it.

Give notice that you are blowing the whistle on the United States Government and the banks, especially Goldman Sachs, referencing the 2 articles above or using your own choice and articulate contribution
to the so called "inquiry".

Virginia Bryant

So putting up posters in the higher reaches of academia is going to change things?
puhleeze

2 bits of expository writing that are very good,

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/naomi-klein/sticking-the-public-with_b_627805.html

and

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/12697/64796?RS_show_page=0

and Then, go to this address, which is the so called "Financial Crisis Inquiry Commision" of the USA

http://www.fcic.gov/contact/

You will only be allowed to submit writing as a "whistle blower".

Do it.

Give notice that you are blowing the whistle on the United States Government and the banks, especially Goldman Sachs, referencing the 2 articles above or using your own choice and articulate contribution
to the so called "inquiry".

Larry Piltz

At this very moment and going forward, mass collective action is needed along the Gulf Coast to counter the impunity with which BP is being allowed to commit seriously anti-democratic actions regarding First Amendment rights. The nexus of corporate and government corruption at all levels is now a recurring line approximating each new wave of oil as it hits beach after shore after bay after estuary, every town, village, and city.

Meet head-on BP and their buy-a-politician and rent-a-cop front men as they deny journalists and other citizens their rights to assemble and gather information about what they're doing. If citizens don't do it first, government isn't going to even recognize that confronting BP is needed. Citizens act, government follows. That's how it works.

Larry Piltz

At this very moment and going forward, mass collective action is needed along the Gulf Coast to counter the impunity with which BP is being allowed to commit seriously anti-democratic actions regarding First Amendment rights. The nexus of corporate and government corruption at all levels is now a recurring line approximating each new wave of oil as it hits beach after shore after bay after estuary, every town, village, and city.

Meet head-on BP and their buy-a-politician and rent-a-cop front men as they deny journalists and other citizens their rights to assemble and gather information about what they're doing. If citizens don't do it first, government isn't going to even recognize that confronting BP is needed. Citizens act, government follows. That's how it works.

Anonymous

why is it so readily the consensus that our collective self-destruction is necessarily a bad unfolding? and of self-destruction, how often do we disambiguate the meaning of 'self'? these dying systems that we vilify, which have been corroding away our understanding of 'self', were created by us, there is no external agent to crucify but who or what we think we are. and yet there is an external agent; eachother - with mirrors as faces and bodies, how we have become ghosts in flesh. we are each that external agent, to one another. in this chthonic murk where clandestine spirit might hide, cloaked in ancient sediment, locked in a cave-in, like peter pans tinkerbell, laments these nuances of reason, consigned to invisibility or belittlement. we as humans do not know what we are or where we come from. like, truths of history, like the copernican revolution of the geocentric model being replaced by the heliocentric, of which the author makes casual mention, was just a rediscovery, that human kind knew of the celestial courses of the earth, the planets, the sun and other galactic bodies in pre-historic times. these basic misreadings of the deeper meanings of things are not regarded, due to intangibility. what is more intangible than the mechanisms of modern life? i think we know this, and underestimate this. that we are stuck in a feedback loop of our hallowed-but-hollow corpus of dialectics. its not pessimistic, or optimistic, but to question. questions like, what is it to be alive inside a human body?

Anonymous

why is it so readily the consensus that our collective self-destruction is necessarily a bad unfolding? and of self-destruction, how often do we disambiguate the meaning of 'self'? these dying systems that we vilify, which have been corroding away our understanding of 'self', were created by us, there is no external agent to crucify but who or what we think we are. and yet there is an external agent; eachother - with mirrors as faces and bodies, how we have become ghosts in flesh. we are each that external agent, to one another. in this chthonic murk where clandestine spirit might hide, cloaked in ancient sediment, locked in a cave-in, like peter pans tinkerbell, laments these nuances of reason, consigned to invisibility or belittlement. we as humans do not know what we are or where we come from. like, truths of history, like the copernican revolution of the geocentric model being replaced by the heliocentric, of which the author makes casual mention, was just a rediscovery, that human kind knew of the celestial courses of the earth, the planets, the sun and other galactic bodies in pre-historic times. these basic misreadings of the deeper meanings of things are not regarded, due to intangibility. what is more intangible than the mechanisms of modern life? i think we know this, and underestimate this. that we are stuck in a feedback loop of our hallowed-but-hollow corpus of dialectics. its not pessimistic, or optimistic, but to question. questions like, what is it to be alive inside a human body?

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