Decadent Action vindicated?

Neither Work Nor Leisure

I saw my old mucker Merrick at the Anarchist Bookfair—he has more stamina for selling wares than me, bless him. He seems to still be shifting the odd copy of Neither Work Nor Leisure here and there. He’s been photocopying from old copies, so it seemed like a good time to resurrect the fusty old Quark files and get some new, slightly up-to-date masters to him for future copies.

Going through the layout, I found a page I had lifted from The Decadent, something published by a nineties group called Decadent Action. It was encouraging people not to quit their jobs (losing a good source of cash), but to just slack off: pull as many sickies as possible, doss around, that sort of thing.

They don’t seem to be around anymore, but a manifesto is to be found, and they have an entry on the Wiki:

Decadent Action was a mock “consumer terrorist group” and “High Street anarchist-guerrilla organisation” (or culture jammers) which argued that only a credit collapse through excessive consumer spending could bring about the end of capitalism. It argued that bringing about excessive inflation through unrestrained consumer spending was the sole lever which could precipitate the economic collapse upon which any revolutionary action is predicated. Therefore it promoted the idea of irresponsible credit and excessive spending on hedonistic pursuits to achieve its goals.


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