Happy Buy Nothing Day

Today, in addition to being the biggest consumer debt orgy shopping day of the year, is Buy Nothing Day.

Now in its 15th year, the popular Buy Nothing Day is celebrated every November by environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in as many as 65 countries.

Timed to coincide with Black Friday (this year on Friday, November 23) in the United States, and the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season internationally (on Saturday, November 24), the festival takes many shapes, from relaxed family outings, to free, non-commercial street parties, to politically charged public protests. Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending.

Perhaps we should all wait until tomorrow, then, to buy a ticket to “What Would Jesus Buy? a documentary produced by Morgan Spurlock of “Super Size Me!” fame. It's billed as "the movie Santa doesn't want you to see!"

Save us from the Shopocalypse, Reverend Billy!


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