Adbusters, Issue 105: The Big Ideas of 2013

AB105: the massive rules of 2013
(January/February 2013)

Featured during this issue:

Bionomics > Economics
Stephen Collis on innovation and disaster
Scott Atran at the delivery of Hamas
Darren Fleet on monetary algorithms long gone wild
Franco “Bifo” Berardi on imagination
Gareth Peirce on why we torture
Pankaj Mishra at the CIA in Iran
Binyavanga Wainaina on Saving the kids of Africa
Welcoming within the 12 months of the Snake

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Their occupation of America’s bastion of elitism caused a media stir and sparked many would-be occupiers to action. At critical moments throughout history, university students have catalyzed massive protests, called their professors and political leaders on their lies and thrust their nations in brave new directions. It happened in the 1960s on hundreds of campuses around the world, and more recently in South Korea, China, Indonesia, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Quebec and Argentina. indd 10 12-10-19 5:29 PM y Now in the wake of the 2008 financial debacle with climate tipping points looming prophetically on the horizon, we have reached another one of those critical moments when students are called upon to trigger an overhaul of the political ideology and theoretical framework that has ruled the world since World War II.

At the same time, liberal opinion ignores the effects that sanctions have on ordinary citizens, just as they did in the 1950s, and governments choose not to see that they offer a lifeline to a semidiscredited regime by radically shrinking the possibilities for any political or economic change – which is why the Green Movement strongly opposes them. The Iranian clerics may now linger on, like the Cuban revolutionaries, kept going by an American embargo. But Iranians can see more vividly the hypocrisy of America’s mollycoddling of Israel, the one country in the Middle East that is armed with nuclear weapons.

Huge ethical dilemmas face every continent and some academics in the fields of climate science and futurism are whispering hints of an apocalypse. Back home on an Australian mountain range, I can see the distant city of Sydney right on the horizon, the size of a toy town. Dark thoughts. What hope is there? And then a sense of relief… Hey – the next generation… let them worry about this. Time for me to slow down and learn how to compost and shut up with the ranting. Let the young ones knock sense into the corporate elite, the bankers, the masters of war and the planet fuckers.

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