Buyer's Remorse

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Have you ever regretted a purchase? Maybe you didn't appreciate the quality of what you bought, or you were tricked into buying something you didn't really need after all? The media (unconsciously) persuade us to become healthy consumers, maintaining a vibrant economy. But healthy for who and what? Us, or "the economy"? When you buy a product you support the company that produces it, its methods of production, its distribution and promotion. This support is not only financial support, but also moral approval. And not only for that one company: the whole process of commercial production, distribution and promotion exists because of our support. We keep them healthy, even though they like to make us believe it's the other way around.
Are light cigarettes healthy? No, not smoking is better. Are "sales" good for your wallet? No, not buying stuff you don't need is better. Are "sustainable products" good for the environment? No, not buying stuff you don't need is still better.
Without our support as buyers and workers this process would not be able to persist. Would that be a revolution? Yes. Would that require revolutionary actions? Not really: just don't buy things from companies or brands that you think don't have the right policies when it comes to the environment, the treatment of workers or animals. Just think about what you buy, from whom. It will make a difference.

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Stop calling me sick!
This is not the disease I meant
Healthcare for all
This is not the cure I need
Swallow it whole
Who doesn't want to become a doctor
I will tongue your pills
Don't want to be a healthy consumer

Built to resist
Challenge everything
I can't believe it's not out yet, how come we buy it, time after time
Maybe we're born with it, maybe it's make-believe, I'm lovin' it

I object, practically and principally
Supported by overpriced products and underpaid temp jobs
I hope our backs didn't hurt your knives?

On your profit crusade
Selling the biggest dwarf alive
Despise the converted
Selling the smallest giant alive
Where is our money?
Bailing out the sinners
Where is our lobby?
What happened to our voice our vote

Where dreams begin
Let's make things better
The best a man can get
Make the most of now
Impossible is nothing
Just do it, yes we can
Because you're worth it
Be all you can be

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from Start From Scratch! (2010), released November 1, 2010
Guest vocals by Heleen Tichelaar of Midnight Menace

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Antillectual Nijmegen, Netherlands

Antillectual from Nijmegen, the Netherlands plays a socially conscious, melodic blend of music, ranging from ‘90’s skate punk to ‘00’s emo and ‘10’s orgcore. Creating their own unique blend of stolen riffs and borrowed song titles, while carrying the torch of European punkrock. ... more

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