I’m on the mailing list for Adbusters, an anti-consumerism magazine that began promisingly but has become a dead end, a monthly exercise in design fetishism that embodies the advertising it pretends to critique.
They sent out an email today that concluded with the following very sad paragraph:
“It strikes us that this is the same personal dilemma that each of us struggle with: deep down in our guts we know that the world demands a radical transformation of the global system. And yet, it seems impossible, perhaps even foolhardy, to topple consumerism and corporate capitalism by confronting it head on. Is there a way out of this impasse? What should we do this November?”
Behold the liberal mentality: we need revolution. Can we do something besides revolution?
Like chemotherapy, revolution is hard. It doesn’t usually work. Sometimes it makes things worse. But if you have certain kinds of cancer, there’s no way around it.
The U.S. has a cancer. So does the planet. That cancer is capitalism. It’s killing us. It has to go.
Whether impossible or foolhardy, there is no way to destroy the capitalist system without attacking it directly, by revolution. Those who are tired of trying to think their way around the obvious truth should read my Anti-American Manifesto, which came out a few days ago.
What should we “do” this November? Certainly we should not vote. Voting isn’t doing anything. We should revolt. But why wait until November?