Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday Madness: Tent Cities Set Up to Buy Consumer Crap

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John Galt
Activist Post

They don't call it Black Friday Madness for nothing. Once again, as in years past, America will go wild and demonstrate the worst of humanity; including fights, near riots, knocking down children, and full-on degeneracy -- all in search of America's Holy Grail: a good deal.

And it has arrived earlier than ever before, which ironically has led to protests within corporate monolith Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart spokesperson, Bill Wertz, defended the early hours by saying that "associates understand that Black Friday and the holiday season is the most important time of the year." The implication, of course, is that it is more important to be with Wal-Mart than to be with your own family for a relaxing Thanksgiving dinner.

Meanwhile, at other corporate giants like Best Buy, "tent cities" have formed in Southern California parking lots as shoppers wait for doors to open, Some were reportedly taking a week off of work to "save money." What kind of culture sets up "tent cities" in an effort to beat out their neighbors to see who can buy the latest garbage at the cheapest price? And probably on credit. A culture that can justify the following actual statement from within one of these Best Buy tent cities:
'I'm here for the big TVs, games for the kids and PlayStations,' Flores said. 'If we had money we wouldn't even be out here in the cold ... we barely saved enough to get our TVs.'
Consumers of this mentality continue to overlook the vast catalog of corporate crimes, abuse and economic undermining of local economies, right along with overlooking their fellow neighbors living in squalor within real tent cities across the former American republic. A look at some of the latest economic numbers reveals a surprising disconnect from reality that does not bode well for a winner-take-all culture coupled with governmental predation.

Those who have suffered the effects of outsourcing, globalization, job and manufacturing destruction; who have been preyed upon by a criminal banking elite, and are looking at losing what little financial support remains, have been part of an expansion of tent cities appearing across the nation. Accurate statistics are hard to come by since many towns that discover tent dwellings have forced people to leave, or in some cases have torn them down entirely. Tent cities have also received very little coverage by the corporate media, as they provide real faces in place of the more preferable abstract (and manipulated) "economic data." But we do know that there are at least 10-15% that consider themselves to be "new poor" and that entire American cities are beginning to resemble war zones full of refugees.

As an aside, it seems particularly demonstrative of social decay and a cultural disconnect from reality that the largest known tent city is on a 13-acre plot of land in the same region as Disneyworld. (Source)

Despite its ravaged economy that has seen America decline to number 12 on the Prosperity Index, America is still the world's largest buyer of consumer goods, and perhaps stands as the best example of the cultural and moral failure that can result from this commitment to me, me, me.

The real strength of any nation lies in cooperating with one another in mutually beneficial ways. This survival of the individual, and a framework wherein they can thrive at the highest levels, demands that individuals uplift and empower other individuals to attain their fullest capabilities. This is not a progressive, socialist, or New Age notion; when you help your neighbor, you help yourself. Any time you can lend your skills to strengthen those of another within your community, you have just increased the likelihood that your community will weather literal and figurative storms. Conversely, when you ignore your struggling fellow citizen -- by forming a retail tent city instead of visiting a real one, for example -- you pave the way for your own possible destitution.

Being an abject consumer with zero skills to produce anything of worth is the fast track to hardship. We see its effects in America: it has resulted in a population that relishes their latest electronics purchase as some sort of proof that they are still part of a solid economy. In fact, most probably feel that they are directly contributing to the economy by making those purchases.

And, yet, as Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog points out, there are at least 55 reasons why Americans desperately need to wake up and see the big picture; buying American-made products this holiday season is a good start ... preferably at the local level.

An even better idea would be to rediscover the spirit of entrepreneurial and innovative America, as opposed to the passive, dependent America that is on a runaway collision with a harsh reality of consumer-driven lunacy.

Now that the pathetic election sequence has been washed away, it is time to realize that every purchase you make equals a vote for one direction or another. It is a not a vote for Democrat or Republican; it is a vote for your freedom or your slavery. The best day to make such a statement is the day when half of America has chosen self-indulgence and ignorance. This Black Friday, "break the chains", as Trends Journal forecaster Gerald Celente has repeatedly stated, and buy nothing.

If you feel compelled to purchase, do it with full consciousness of where your money ultimately winds up. Or, perhaps, as we see another year of ravaging hordes descending on their corporate churches of worship, we should realize that we would do well to prepare for a coming time of increased scarcity when these very same mobs might not even be able to afford the best buy, but will spread out to find what can be had for free.

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Paul Panza said...

Imagine if you will, the HAARP antennae broadcasting a signal to the brains of the populace that would induce the spending response, literally pulling the sheeple around by the ring in their psyche!!

Anonymous said...

Nothing can be done for someone who gets excited about going to walmart.

Nemetron 2000 said...

Well, once again Youtube will be littered with videos of materialistic human depravity caught on someone's cell phone.

One must admit it does have a kind of "running of the bulls" feel to it, in the sense that you wonder how many tramplings will be caught on video.

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine is going Walmart on Friday just to film the animals in their shopping frenzy. I advised him to bring a gas mask in case the pepper spray gets too thick.

Anonymous said...

The goy have been programed well.

Anonymous said...

I wish that everybody working in retail, who's scheduled to work at 8 or 9:00 pm on Thanksgiving day, decides to stay home and relax after their meal, rather than getting dressed and going back out to work and work until, what? 2 or 3:00 am? Screw that! Let the managers who decided to open up the stores at that time ring up the crazy, greedy masses!

RC said...

Excellent article.

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Angel said...

I'd LOVE to see all the cashiers just ummm... not show up for their shift. ROFL That'd show 'em!! Talk about a fucking mess. If I knew it'd happen then I'd actually drag my out to a store that day, with camera in tow.

I have NEVER participated in Black Friday in all my thirty-two years and proud of it. It's absolute insanity to think of such a mad dash as healthy. As Black Friday has become more and more hyped up over the years the more I've begun to hate the last three months of our calendar. $$$$ and $$$$ and wont you hand over more of your $$$$? Fuck you. I'll keep my money.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a scrooge. But the Holidays are so shit upon now that there's virtually nothing mysterious or sacred about them anymore. They've killed them utterly and entirely.

Anonymous said...

As the sun begins to end the day earlier and the air is chill the cattle are restless as the herd is anticipating the move to winter pastures.
The thoughts of fresh new grass swaying in the breeze has put them once again in a fit of excitement and duress.
The hoof beats and bleats betel the frenzy of what will be the great consuming to come.

All the livestock in the kingdom look forward to winter pastures where they can gorge themselves greatly on the variety of winter grasses and foliage provided for them there.

A place where they can frolic and play and cast aside their cares and fears as they are comforted by the ever watchful eye of their kind and generous shepherd.

The Corporation is my shepherd; I shall not want.
It maketh me to park close to the stores:
It leadeth me beside the new mall.
It restoreth my credit rating:
It leadeth me in the paths of consuming for It's profits sake.
Yea, though I walk through the frenzied isles of WalMart,
I will fear no price tag: for credit art with me;
Thy cash and thy card they comfort me.
Thou preparest a sale before me in the hardware section of Sears,
Thou anointest my bank account with 1% interest; my cup runneth over.
Surely new iphones and blackberries shall tempt me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the debt of the Corporation for ever.
-Joe Crippen

Anonymous said...

Even as a kid- which by the way was a long time ago, I thought it rather odd people fighting at a time of peace and tranquility. Even way back then in the early 70's, I saw people mistreat each other for paying less for something that's gonna end up in the "bin for poor kids" as my Mom used to put it and WE were poor! It's just a hand-me-down system Mom has. Consumerism, credit, and our "Americana" pushed into our lives daily by the Psych-savvy media and our un-willingness to moderate, got us where we are. We KEEP worshiping the wrong "God".

Anonymous said...

Mindless consumerism ,people are fucking braindead and clueless about the real world around them!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

U.S.A Judgment Has Started October 2011

Anonymous said...

Nero fiddled, America shopped.
The end.

Anonymous said...

Yes, that's it last anon -- Nero fiddled and America shopped. Escape the flames is all I have to add.

Anonymous said...

I made a purchase on Friday. Bought another gun.

Activist said...

Yes, anon @2:28 - that's the spirit. Thank you for reading and for everyone's comments. J.G.

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Anonymous said...

I wonder how many of these pathetic blockheads realize that they're getting such great deals because most of what WalMart sells is made by slave labor? Of course, if they did know, it probably wouldn't mean diddly to them, the sick trailer park bozos.

Donna said...

We really cant do nothing on people who get to rush somewhere looking for black friday deals.

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