Saturday, November 26, 2011

What Do You Want for Christmas?

If there is anything I can't stand (well- there are a lot of things I can't stand) it is someone trying to ruin Christmas for others because he is an enormous douchebag. Sometimes, he will attempt some sort of hugely vocal and visible stunt to show everyone how superior he thinks he is.

Case in point:

Adbusters, the Vancouver-based magazine that inspired the worldwide Occupy movement, has a new target: Christmas.

Calling its campaign OccupyXmas, the anti-capitalist magazine is calling on consumers to buy nothing for Christmas this year.

“Occupy gave the world a new way of thinking about the fat cats and financial pirates on Wall Street,” Adbusters says on its website. “Now let’s give them a new way of thinking about the holidays.”

The launching pad for the new campaign is “Buy Nothing Day,” which falls on Nov. 25 in the United States — so-called Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S. — and this Saturday, Nov. 26, in Canada and the rest of the world.

“We will have a big blast on those two days,” Kalle Lasn, Adbusters’ co-founder, said in an interview Tuesday. “But the big difference this year will be that the campaign will continue right through the whole Christmas season.”...

Christmas, Lasn said, has been hijacked by commercial forces. “It’s been an empty, soulless kind of ritual that very, very few people enjoy. This is a chance for us occupiers to take Christmas back and have a bit of fun and remind people that Christmas can be a helluva lot more than just shopping and Black Fridays and maxing out on your credit card.”
(more commentary here- with thumbs up to all)

If we were, as a society, to return to the proper roots of Christmas, it would involve a great deal of penance, personal reflection, selflessness and thanksgiving (along with appropriate feasting and giving), some things an "Occupy.." douchebag wouldn't understand. After all, if he is not spearheading a happening, it's not fun for him. In fact, a lot of things aren't fun for the would-be Marxist/leftist/p.c. thug:

[Christmas] has been an empty, soulless kind of ritual that very, very few people enjoy.
The miserable bastard can speak for himself. I'm planning a great holiday.
The phrase is quite telling in that it illustrates the fact that the left is merely a secularised form of Puritanism/Calvinism. Needless to say Calvinists have never been desperately keen on Christmas. Jacobins, Roundheads, Occupiers and the like all hark back to some pre-lapsarian utopia of which they are the Elect representatives. The rest of us all need a good cleansing or maybe just a slap.
H.L. Mencken nails them: Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
Lasn's view of Christmas (and capitalism) in a nutshell.

Too true.

But not to worry, Mr. Lasn. There is a way to make this work in your favour:

Good idea. In fact, here’s an idea for cutting back on shopping this Christmas. It’s something I’m launching now with absolutely no forethought. I’m calling it DeOccupyXmasList.  It’s really simple. Here’s the plan. 

If you have an occupier in your life, scratch them off your Christmas list. That’s it. Your holiday shopping has now been de-occupied. Wasn’t that easy?

Remember, they don’t want anything this year. No new video game consoles or games. No iPhones or iPads. No new cameras or laptops. No cashmere sweaters or hipster hats. No gift certificates to the local head shop and absolutely no cash. Save your filthy capitalist lucre and help your son, daughter, niece, nephew or smelly friend be true to their revolutionary ideals. It’s a win-win scenario.

Perfect. Why spoil the meaning of the "Occupy..." movement by getting gifts, O Principled Ones?

Don't reach out this Christmas. For the perpetually spoiled and smelly Marxist-in-name-only, it's the best gift you can't give.

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