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Absinth & Absence
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Stefanie Van de Velde
Herman J. Claeys
Friday, November 12, 2004
It wasn't the media. It wasn't the youth. It wasn't the work of Karl
Rove or the "ignorant" American heartland. Bush is back. And the reason
lies in the crumbled remains of the political left.
All our heroes -- Michael Moore, George Soros, Moveon.org -- promised
we were building a movement, leading a rebirth of progressive thought.
But on Nov 3rd, when the bubble of rage burst, there was nothing
inside. Why? Because the left was missing what its been missing for
Whether you like them or not, Bush has ideas. He has beliefs and values
that inspire people. What does the left have? What do we stand for?
Hard to tell.
Here's a more direct question: what do you stand for? Over the next
four years, let's get together and find out. Let's finally do what we
should have done years ago: jump over the dead body of the old left. No
more whining. No more fuzzy thinking. No more listless causes. If we
believe in peace, clean air, accountable corporations, true-cost
pricing and media democracy, then let's refine these ideas into memes
-- soundbite sized mindbombs -- and start exploding them into
This is the perfect moment to catalyze a new kind of hard nosed, vision
driven activism. Weigh in on the future of our movement here:
And to shake us out of our post-election blues, let's have a bit of fun
around one of the most potent memes in recent history: Buy Nothing Day.
On Nov 26 (Nov 27 in the UK and some other countries), let's whoop it
up, give the earth a rest and change some minds.
Check out what BND jammers are doing around the world this year:
BUY NOTHING DAY 2004
Want to connect up with other jammers on November 26? Then join your
city's JammerGroup. It's a powerful new organizing tool that makes it
easier than ever to meet-up and plan community actions.
BND TV JAM
You voted. . . and the BND pig won hands down! Now, let's raise some
money and buy a few time slots on CNN. With two weeks to go, we're
already half way towards our $10,000 goal. View the spot and give what
BUY NOTHING CHRISTMAS
This year, gather your family and friends and decide to skip the
spending binge. Join the movement to decommercialize Christmas and turn
it again into something spiritual, spontaneous, real.
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