Your trouble is that Adbusters talks to the wrong people for this approach to work. The anti-globo, anti- mass-consumer movement talks to the wrong people in the US for this approach to work.

Anti-globalism in the US is currently a pose for economically comfortable college boys and granola girls. It’s sad to say, but true.

Wall Street definitely has a huge number of victims in the US. These victims include many people in former manufacturing centers, suburban and ex-urban families with bankruptcies and underwater mortgages, and jobless family breadwinners. These victims include the last remaining union laborers in the country.

Quite frankly, these victims of Wall Street include much of the rank and file in the US Army and US Marine Corps.

These people have never heard of Adbusters. They get their information from corporate mass media.

These are the people who need to get the message that it is time to occupy Wall Street. Defacing billboards and wearing sneakers with little black spots inked in on them won’t get the message to them, and the best messengers are not young urban hipsters with trendy full beards and arty eyewear.

I used to read Adbusters in the late 90’s and early 00’s. I participated in the WTO protest in Seattle. Etc.  I don’t mean to be insulting, just blunt. If you want to have a movement against Wall Street and the excesses of American capitalism (I wholeheartedly support you in this) you need to start talking to Wall Street’s most impacted victims.

In the WTO protest in Seattle, we made a big splash. However, we made a big splash not because hip young educated elites were rioting. We weren’t too many.

It didn’t hit home to me what that protest was about, until the protest march came out of Seattle Center to join the (mostly college-based) little protest marches already downtown. The Seattle Center protest was union labor and the families of union labor. You have no idea what it was like, to see thousands of laborers marching by. You have no idea how loud they were, how serious. You need to talk to people who labor. You need to talk to the families in the burbs who are getting burned. You need to talk the rank and file in the military.

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