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Occupy Christmas


I can hear the Faux News hot air balloons and their “war on Christmas” now. “Those radical secular liberals and their war on Christmas!” Alas, Adbusters the folks who have given us Buy Nothing Day and Occupy Everything now seek to have us Occupy Christmas.

The ideas for Occupy Christmas, which Lasn likens to “shenanigans,” include:

— a Santa sit-in, whereby protesters sit outside a store and encourage people to cut up their credit cards;

— a Jesus walk, where people put on a mask in the Holy Son’s likeness and walk through malls, to create an eerie sentiment;

— a “whirly mart,” in which would-be shoppers fill their carts with products but abandon them at the cash register.

I do like the shopping cart abandonment tactic. It reminds me of some of the actions Saul Alinsky outlined in Rules for Radicals.

Chris Hedges dystopian future

I’ve read a few things along these lines. One book being Climatopolis by Matthew E. Kahn about how we’ll adjust to the hell we have brought upon ourselves.

Hedges has something to say on this matter as well:

The game is over. We lost. The corporate state will continue its inexorable advance until two-thirds of the nation and the planet is locked into a desperate, permanent underclass. Most of us will struggle to make a living while the Blankfeins and our political elites wallow in the decadence and greed of the Forbidden City and Versailles. These elites do not have a vision. They know only one word: more.  They will continue to exploit the nation, the global economy and the ecosystem. And they will use their money to hide in gated compounds when it all implodes. Do not expect them to take care of us when it starts to unravel. We will have to take care of ourselves. We will have to rapidly create small, monastic communities where we can sustain and feed ourselves. It will be up to us to keep alive the intellectual, moral and cultural values the corporate state has attempted to snuff out. It is either that or become drones and serfs in a global corporate dystopia. It is not much of a choice. But at least we still have one.