The Revolution Issue

Fictitious lives

A loving look at unreality.
Our Lives Are Just Fictions - Grounded not in reality, but in illusion.
In China people get together in the corners of parks and dance. The unofficial history of America is not a story of rugged individualism and heroic personal sacrifice in the pursuit of a dream. It is a story of democracy derailed, of a revolutionary spiri

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We forget too often that our lives are just fictions, that this human life of ours – abstracted from the land, abstract in itself – is not grounded in reality, but in drama, illusion. Our lives are no different from dreams, a scattered blur from one meal to the next, from one conversation to the next, one megaplex, one strip mall, one coffee cup, one beer, one fix – a ceaseless drifting from sensation to sensation, a constant sating of the base desires.

We are raised in this “reality” so its contours are invisible to us. We see each moment but fail to see the unifying thread – the alienation of humanity from nature, the ills of domestication, the dependence of humans upon technological death machines to survive and a growing inability of these generations of young humans now in possession of the planet to connect to it in any living way. We have lost our ability to experience the grander trends as revealed through the almighty Moment. We cling to our petty satisfactions as a paddler fallen from a canoe clings to the rocks. We do not dare to imagine a life without pizza, ice cream, microwaves, transportation, convenience, comfort, ease.

The 21st century has been too kind to us so far. It holds new horizons for us as an übersoul and as an überspecies, but it remains pregnant with disaster. There must be wars, Great Wars, which span all frontiers, in which all are embroiled in conflict: the inner war spilling out into our long-abandoned commons, opening up doorways between men and women to converse freely, tearing down walls between minds and bodies, flesh and the soul. Bottles will be uncorked and men in pajamas will run terrified and buoyant through the streets. If there is not madness, there will be blood, midnight rivers of blood rushing mad like the Mississippi through the markets of the world, stampeding through those who stand still, toppling those who once towered above the meek and lowly, lifting the strong and light, buoying them up on its terrible tide …

—Hudson Spivey

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Well Krs, it is just counter revolutionary. But don't worry, dancing on a square corner will make up for your losses. The fulfilling sensation of knowing as a true fact that dancing on a square corner is, in fact, more real and less illutionary than Pizza and Ice-Cream (and, it seems, farming) will feed your ideology and thus make you forget about the bourgeois (as the farmer in the picture) pleasures of life.


This is sad...

I have just (on my 5th try) learned to make this awesome banana ice-cream but I guess now I will have to stop...

And I guess for putting cheese and tomato on my bread...those days are gone...

Now I am cross


I feel as though Adbusters tackles a lot of the symptoms of what is causing the downfall of our system but not the root causes. Even the writers at adbusters still need to get educated. IF ADBUSTERS IS LISTENING: READ THE WEB OF DEBT by ELLEN HODGSON BROWN AND WRITE A PIECE ON THAT SUBJECT. Our financial system is the root cause of our growing class polarization, our inflation and federal debt, and our inability to use funds for purposes that are relevant to building a sustainable future.
Thank you


I really appreciate your concern adbusters for a push towards a better future no matter what the cause, and i do remember alex naess in the issue with the horse on the cover, alex naess saying that he is a long term optimist and a short term pessimist. I somewhat agree with him. It is my opinion that you stop condemning the lifestyles that have gotten us here and push people to grow and develop become more in touch with the world around that appreciates dancing on street corners and enjoy the wind when standing on a ridge in the rocky mountains. There is more to our lives the negativity, positive intentions will lead towards positive fruits.


If this world is a dream, we are creatures of dreams. So this is as real as it gets. This is your world, do something about it and realize it is the way it is because those that have gone before us have made it this way. I can spin metaphors and abstract hopes and dreams too, but I'm not about to consider these desires article worthy. What's happening to adbusters?


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