TELL US: Does a More Politicized 'Buy Nothing Day' Change Your View of Efforts to Cool Consumer Fever?

This Friday's 'Buy Nothing Day,' same day as 'Black Friday,' has taken on a new political tinge. Does that change how you view the effort to keep the holidays from becoming one big shopping trip?


'Buy Nothing Day,' a 20-year old tradition of reminding people that there is more to Thanksgiving and Christmas than shopping, this year has taken on even more political coloring:

Buy Nothing Day/#Occupy Xmas.

Last year, 2011, was the first year Buy Nothing Day was connected to the Occupy movement; both are brought to you by Adbusters, a passionately anti-capitalist organization out of Canada.

The Adbusters homepage with information about Buy Nothing Day/#Occupy Xmas, is dominated by a Guy Fawkes mask, emblematic of the Occupy movement and by this quote:

“Today, humanity faces a stark choice: save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism and ditch the planet.” 
– Fawzi Ibrahim

So here's the question: does the closer connection of Buy Nothing Day with the Occupy movement make it more appealing to you by giving it some political heft? Or does it take a plea for holiday simplicity and purity into the very kind of political realm that holidays are supposed to take us beyond? Let us know in the comments section below. 

Anne Hayek November 23, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I vote for more spiritual than material preparation for the holidays. It's a time of year to slow down after the harvest is in, to charitably share our bounty. The nights are long and our bodies want to recover... taking it slow, taking time to BE is a gift of the season.
JohnnyMass November 23, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Everyone should go out and buy big flat-screen TV's. The Red Chinese economy is depending on you!
Aron Levy November 23, 2012 at 06:51 PM
So long as you buy ME the pick'em up truck, and maybe some better beer, I think you're totally in the clear! ;D
Joshua DeCosta November 23, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I love how this comment thread turned into the senate race debate and fox v left. Buy what you want, do what helps the people. Walmart sucks but it is the only place some can afford. Society must change, etc.
YiayiaOnline November 24, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Things should remain as they are. For those who like to shop. I hate standing in line for anything and do most of my shopping online but would not take away any one else's right to bargain hunt or whatever.


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