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(en) Steal something day

From dr.woooo@nomasters.org
Date Sun, 24 Nov 2002 05:40:42 -0500 (EST)

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Steal Something Day
November 24, 2000
Participate by participating!

a shameless 24-hour stealing spree!
For the past nine years ( 11 years) , a few self-described
"culture jammers" from Adbusters Magazine have dubbed
the last Friday in November "Buy Nothing Day."

>From their stylish home base in Vancouver's upscale
suburb of Kitsilano, the Adbusters' brain trust has
encouraged conscientious citizens worldwide to "relish
[their] power as a consumer to change the economic
environment." In their words, Buy Nothing Day "[p]roves
how empowering it is to step out of the consumption
stream for even a day."

The geniuses at Adbusters have managed to create the
perfect feel-good, liberal, middle-class activist
non-happening. A day when the more money you make,
the more influence you have (like every other day). A day
which, by definition, is insulting to the millions of people
worldwide who are too poor or marginalized to be
considered "consumers."

It's supposed to be a 24-hour moratorium on spending, but
ends up being a moralistic false-debate about whether or
not you should really buy that loaf of bread today or ... wait
for it ... tomorrow!

Well, this year, while the Adbusters cult enjoys yet another
Buy Nothing Day, accompanied by their fancy posters,
stickers, TV and radio advertisements and slick webpages,
a few self-described anarcho-situationists from Montreal's
East End are inaugurating Steal Something Day.

Unlike Buy Nothing Day, when people are asked to
"participate by not participating," Steal Something Day
demands that we "participate by participating." Instead of
downplaying or ignoring the capitalists, CEOs, landlords,
small business tyrants, bosses, PR hacks, yuppies, media
lapdogs, corporate bureaucrats, politicians and cops who
are primarily responsible for misery and exploitation in this
world, Steal Something Day demands that we steal from
them, without discrimination.

The Adbusters' intellegentsia tell us that they're neither
"left nor right," and have proclaimed a non-ideological
crusade against overconsumption. Steal Something Day, on
the other hand, identifies with the historic and
contemporary resistance against the causes of capitalist
exploitation, not its symptoms. If you think
overconsumption is scary, wait until you hear about
capitalism and imperialism.

Unlike the misplaced Buy Nothing Day notion of consumer
empowerment, Steal Something Day promotes
empowerment by urging us to collectively identify the
greedy bastards who are actually responsible for promoting
misery and boredom in this world. Instead of ignoring
them, Steal Something Day encourages us to make their
lives as uncomfortable as possible.

As we like to say in Montreal: dranger les riches dans leurs

And remember, we're talking about stealing, not theft.
Stealing is just. Theft is exploitative. Stealing is when you
take a yuppie's BMW for a joyride, and crash into a parked
Mercedes just for the hell of it. Theft is when you take
candy from a baby's mouth. Stealing is the re-distribution
of wealth from rich to poor Theft is making profits at the
expense of the disadvantaged and the natural environment.
Stealing is an unwritten a tax on the rich. Theft is taxing
the poor to subsidize the rich. Stealing is nothing more than
a tax on the rich. There is solidarity in stealing, but
property is nothing but theft.

So, don't pay for that corporate newspaper, but steal all of
them from the box. Get some friends together and go on a
"shoplifting "spree at the local chain supermarket or
upscale mall. With an even larger mob, get together and
steal from the local chain book or record store. Pilfer purses
and wallets from easily identified yuppies and business
persons. Skip out on rent. Get a credit card under a fake
name and don't pay. Keep what you can use, and give away
everything else in the spirit of mutual aid that is the
hallmark of Steal Something Day.

Download our detourned poster http://adbusters.tao.ca,
make copies and stick it up wherever you can. And don't
forget, send your scamming and stealing tips to us at

See you next Steal Something Day which, unlike Buy
Nothing Day, happens every day of the year.

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