3. “Sell him what he needs to knock it down.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the most fucked up futuristic instrument of destruction you will see today:
The Caterpillar D9 bulldozer, which weighs over 60 tons and stands 13 feet tall. The Israeli Defence Force has retrofitted these bulldozers with armored plating so they can operate under heavy fire in military operations. The IDF has also added machine guns, smoke projectors and even grenade launchers to individually modified D9 units. Since 1967, these bulldozers have razed thousands of Palestinian homes and destroyed hundreds of thousands of trees in Palestinian-owned orchards. Everything can move.
4. “Sell Brand-X seatbelts and Planned Obsolescence”
“Planned Obsolescence” means that the things we buy are made to break. It might sound like conspiracy theory, but at one time it was openly discussed as a solution to the Great Depression.
Adbusters magazine recently reprinted a pamphlet from 1932, entitled “Ending the Depression Through Planned Obsolescence,” in which Bernard London blamed the global economic crisis on consumers who insisted on “using their old cars, their old tires, their old radios and their old clothing much longer than statisticians had expected.”
His solution was to propose a government agency that would determine the lifespan of each manufactured object. Consumers who continued using their products past the expiration date would be penalized. London explained his plan: “I propose that when a person continues to posses and use old clothing, automobiles and buildings, after they have passed their obsolescence date, as determined at the time they were created, he should be taxed for such continued use of what is legally ‘dead’.”
That plan was never officially adopted, but everything I own seems to start breaking as soon as the Warranty runs out. Coincidence?
5. “Sell nicotine, caffeine, energy drinks // they’ll work til they forget to breathe, dream or think.”
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average Americans sleeps an hour less a night than they did a generation ago, and two or three hours a night less than a century ago. They also report that about 70 million people in the US experience sleep-associated problems.
The number of 20-44 year olds using sleeping pills doubled from 2000 to 2004, and it’s expected that global sleeping pill sales will top $5 billion in the next several years. We sleep less than our parents did, take more pills for the resulting depression and sleep disorders, and take various drugs throughout the day to wake up. They’re not just changing the nature of nature, they’re changing the nature of us.
For more information on corporate abuse and how to take action against it, check out Knowmore.org, a website Sage Francis and myself created in 2005 to chronicle and resist this type of action.
Thanks to URB.COM for providing the opportunity for me to speak on these things.
Stay on the battlefield,
Fallen House, Sunken City drops March 2nd via Strange Famous Records.