Friday, November 27, 2009

Buy Nothing Day...

That's today - Black Friday - the day after Thanksgiving - the day when the Christmas shopping feeding frenzy begins.

How about we do something different this year?

How about a Wildcat General Strike? How about millions of people around the world bringing the capitalist consumption machine to a grinding, if only momentary, halt? There’s only one way to avoid the collapse of this human experiment of ours on Planet Earth:


Don't buy anything today. Not only that, try turning off un-necessary lights, your television, and other nonessential appliances. Park your car, turn off your phones, log off of your computer for the day. Go ahead... take the plunge.

Think about this: a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. If you feel things are falling apart – the temperature rising, the oceans churning, the global economy heaving – why not do something? Take just one small step toward a more just and sustainable future. Make a pact with yourself: go on a consumer fast. Lock up your credit cards, put away your cash and opt out of the capitalist spectacle. You may find that it’s harder than you think, that the impulse to buy is more ingrained in you than you ever realized. But if you persist, you will transcend – perhaps reaching the kind of epiphany that can change not just your world, but THE world.

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