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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
Happy Not One Damn Dime Day, Americans!
Since our leaders don’t have the moral courage to speak out against the war in Iraq, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is “Not One Damn Dime Day” in America.
On “Not One Damn Dime Day” those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending.
To hell with this. I declare today to be the Festival of the Crazy Buying! Please list your bold purchases in comments; it’s a 24-hour national celebration of all forms of consumer spending! If you like, send images of your reckless consumerism here for subsequent spend-encouraging publication.
UPDATE. Capitalism activists buy, buy, buy for justice! In Sydney, Stevo spent $39 on a handbag for his 10-year-old daughter, $462 on a fence for his yard, and $36.49 on a slab of VB stubbies for himself; he sends this pic (taken Thursday at cricket camp) of his boy with former Bangladesh captain Aminal Islam and Dungog’s favourite son:
Writes Stevo: “Playing backyard cricket with the kids this afternoon … priceless.” Agreed; some things money cannot buy.
Then again, sometimes it doesn’t take much, as John S. explains: “I couldn’t find anything that cost a dime at my local carry-out so my kids each got two treats for a quarter each. What a sugar rush; they were impossible until they went to bed.”
“I did my part in oiling the savage brutal machinery of the American capitalist system,” writes an anonymous NYC artist, who celebrated Not One Damn Dime Day by purchasing five tubes of acrylic paint ($37.24), one pork pie from Tai Pan Chinese Bakery (85 cents), a one-week unlimited MetroCard for the subway ($21.00), and a cappuccino ($3.50!!!):
“Don’t tell anyone my real name,” adds Anonymous, “else the peace loving art world I am involved in might throw me out of the window.”
Birkel advises: “I bought F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom for my ‘spend like hell ‘cause it’s Bush’s inauguration day’ festivities.” Ominously, he concludes: “I’m pretty sure I’ll go out for dinner.”
Webrumsfeld Andrea Harris indulged in soapy indulgences:
Home entertainment and tech writer Stephen Dawson snapped up Straw Dogs on DVD, “in which Dustin Hoffman learns the abandonment of fuzzy-wuzzy feelings in favour of Sam Peckinpah-inspired violence.”
Reader Miriam wasn’t in much of a fuzzy-wuzzy mood: “I am planning to go out to a restaurant and gorge myself on a really big feast. I may even have dessert. The thought of all those starving people will give it a special savor.”
And Bruce K “bought myself two new lenses for my Canon Digital Rebel – a 50mm/f1.8 and a 28-135mm IS zoom – $400 total NONE OF WHICH WAS NECESSARY AT ALL.”
That’s the spirit! The spirit of the Festival of the Crazy Buying!
It began quietly enough, with a handful of dedicated, left-leaning activists urging an economic boycott to protest the inauguration of Bush’s second term. The “Not One Damn Dime!” movement had its scoffers and detractors, but no one was laughing when the shock waves of the boycott were felt throughout the global economy, leaving a swath of financial ruin in their wake.