Adbusters, Issue 105: The Big Ideas of 2013

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

Featured during this issue:

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

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Where are the descendents of the republicans that beheaded the king, of the Levellers, the Chartists, the Diggers? Of the first radical trade unions, of Thomas Paine and the Panckhursts? All our heroes are dead. Few give a shit anymore. Most spend time away from their office cubicles sitting in clubs, bars and coffee shops drinking and K-holing their imaginations away, with an unhealthy fear of this reality and any alternate ones. Even fewer bother to act and those that do are largely directionless, often isolated and sometimes misdirected.

You will be distracted, you will grow tired, we will wait you out, we are patient, we are the 1%,” reads a poster produced in the midst of the Occupy zeal and euphoria. The sardonically prophetic statement was too close to the truth for comfort. Despite the problems in the economy and political system in the UK, the country’s elite didn’t have to wait very long for the movement to die. indd 11 12-10-19 4:34 PM In the UK, the 1% lurch from crisis to crisis. From the MPs expenses scandal, to the economic crash, to the phone-hacking inquiry.

A post-Cold War child. In this age, which has no ideology, brown and black places are flat issues: how far from gay freedom is (fill in African country)? indd 9 12-10-19 4:33 PM by aid organisations. These organisations speak human rights, and because they do so, we know that they are good, objective and truthful. So, if a foreign correspondent needs to know what exactly is going on in Sudan, their weekly lunch with the Oxfamy guy will identify the most urgent issues. Since, in your world, big history died with the Berlin wall, there is only little history left to report on Africa.

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