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November 26th, 2010

Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day

Today is Buy Nothing Day! (the US version, tomorrow is the International One) It’s one of my favorite holidays. Today I got a very good coupon for one of my favorite online yarn stores. I hit delete-but oh sweet temptation!

From Ad Busters:
Buy Nothing Day/Carnivalesque Rebellion Week
“We are a network of activists organizing a Carnivalesque Rebellion that will shut down consumer capitalism for a week.

The climax of our efforts is Buy Nothing Day, a 24-hour moratorium on consumer spending, celebrated November 26th in North America and 27th Internationally.


A few people start breaking their old patterns, embracing what they love (and in the process discovering what they hate), daydreaming, questioning, rebelling. What happens naturally then, according to the revolutionary past, is a groundswell of support for this new way of being, with more and more people empowered to perform new gestures unencumbered by history.

Think of it as an adventure, as therapy – a week of pieing and pranks, of talking back at your profs and speaking truth to power. Some of us will put up posters in our schools and neighborhoods and just break our daily routines for a week. Others will chant, spark mayhem in big box stores and provoke mass cognitive dissonance. Others still will engage in the most visceral kind of civil disobedience. And on November 26 from sunrise to sunset we will abstain en masse – not only from holiday shopping, but from all the temptations of our five-planet lifestyles.”

I just love revolutionary rhetoric! Are you celebrating?

Posted by Vixen in Activism

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