Buy nothing day

Today in Canada, and tomorrow in 63 other countries around the world, is Buy Nothing Day. It began in Canada in 1992 as a small protest against raging consumerism. In 1997 it was moved to the day after American Thanksgiving — known as Black Friday — for reasons which I believe are quite obvious. Black Friday in America is known as one of the busiest retail days prior to Christmas.

I concur with the premise of Buy Nothing Day. Notwithstanding the encouragement of the various leaders around the world to buy, buy, buy us out of the current “recession”, I will do nothing of the sort. I’ll be leaving it up to others to entertain the economic juggernaut currently unleashed upon an unsuspecting world.

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