It is notable that this thanksgiving celebration probably did not include the Indians, as the celebration was meant partly to be in recognition of the colonists’ recent victory over the “heathen natives” … more
Red Friday, Black Friday
President Obama declared the day after Thanksgiving to be “Native American Heritage Day.” Not that you’re likely to hear much about it, what with the other distractions.
Native Americans Suffer, Americans Shop
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According to Wikipedia (and they should know, shouldn’t they?) FDR moved Thanksgiving up a little in the calendar to the fourth Thursday in November to ” give the country an economic boost.” Which brings us to…
There are many good reasons to stay home on Black Friday.
For one, it’s actually Buy Nothing Day. A day without shopping would be a good day for the vast majority of the denizens of earth.
“Today, humanity faces a stark choice: save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism and ditch the planet.”
– Fawzi Ibrahim
It is a great time to pause and reconsider the difference between what a functioning economy is, and what our current money culture tells us it is.
Economics actually has nothing in particular to do with money; it’s about how we meet our needs. The monetary economy is one model out of many, and is a very recent one at that. It’s a model that seems intent on converting all our intimate human relationships into services to be bought and sold, whilst reducing the splendour and pageantry of the Earth into imperishable units of account.
– Mark Boyle
Of course, it gives me a little happy to hear that the wage-slaves of Voldemart… er… Walmart… are using the day to rise up a bit. I hope they make some waves.
And don’t forget, there are other things you can do in a mall, like this
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or even just
so get out there and have some fun!