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AB 39: The Epiphany Issue

Jan/Feb 2002

“They hate our freedoms - our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other" - George W. Bush

One of Adbusters’ classic issues, You’re Either With Us or Against Us explores the climate of fear, racism and intolerance that overwhelmed America in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The issue focuses on the ways in which the language of freedom became America’s greatest marketing pitch. It provides a fascinating look at how advertisers exploited, and ultimately shaped, America’s idea of national identity.

“Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists” - George W. Bush


  • Rob Wipond on epiphanies and the first world
  • Binyavanga Wainaina on the effects of westernized standards of beauty
  • Jonathan Rowe on consumerism as a way out of war
  • Douglas Coupland on the end of the world

Adbusters #39 is long out of print, but you can now purchase it as a digital PDF.