The climate crisis has moved from a future threat to a burning emergency. The Green New Deal is a vision for transforming our economies to battle climate breakdown and rampant inequality at the same time.
Naomi argues that only this kind of bold, roots-up action will rouse us to fight for our lives while there is still time. In recent decades, that change has mainly been for the worst — but this has not always been the case. And it need not continue to be in the future. It made for a tough juxtaposition. Other people act that way as well. We can disagree with each other without being disagreeable, without being hateful. Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of seven critically acclaimed books published in over 30 languages.
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Latest News. Special Announcements. Order your copy now! See Naomi. Upcoming Events. No posts found. View All Events. Latest Pieces. View on the Intercept. View All Articles. View All Works. Latest Tweets. Follow naomiaklein on Twitter.Naomi Klein born May 8, is a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and of capitalism. Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs.
Naomi Klein was born in Montreal, Quebecand brought up in a Jewish family with a history of peace activism. Her parents were self-described " hippies "  who emigrated from the United States in as war resisters to the Vietnam War. Inher grandfather, an animator at Disneywas fired after the strike and had to switch to working in a shipyard instead.Naomi Klein doesn’t like the word “hope” - More with Anna Maria Tremonti
Klein's father grew up surrounded by ideas of social justice and racial equalitybut found it "difficult and frightening to be the child of Communists", a so-called red diaper baby. Klein's husband, Avi Lewiswas born into a well-connected political and journalistic family; he works as a TV journalist and documentary filmmaker. The couple's only child, son Toma, was born on June 13, Klein spent much of her teenage years in shopping mallsobsessed with designer labels.
She has attributed her change in worldview to two catalysts. One was when she was 17 and preparing for the University of Torontoher mother had a stroke and became severely disabled.
Klein's writing career began with contributions to The Varsitya student newspaper, where she served as editor-in-chief. After her third year at the University of Toronto, she dropped out of university to take a job at The Globe and Mailfollowed by an editorship at This Magazine. Inshe returned to the University of Toronto with the intention of finishing her degree  but left academia for a journalism internship before acquiring the final credits required to complete her degree.
InKlein published the book No Logowhich for many became a manifesto of the anti-globalization movement. In it, she attacks brand -oriented consumer culture and the operations of large corporations. She also accuses several such corporations of unethically exploiting workers in the world's poorest countries in pursuit of greater profits. In this book, Klein criticized Nike so severely that Nike published a point-by-point response.
Klein's Fences and Windows is a collection of her articles and speeches written on behalf of the anti-globalization movement all proceeds from the book go to benefit activist organizations through The Fences and Windows Fund. The Takea documentary film collaboration by Klein and Lewis, concerns factory workers in Argentina who took over a closed plant and resumed production, operating as a collective.
The first African screening was in the Kennedy Road shack settlement in the South African city of Durbanwhere the Abahlali baseMjondolo movement began. The book also argues that policy initiatives for instance, the privatization of Iraq's economy under the Coalition Provisional Authority were rushed through while the citizens of these countries were in shock from disasters, upheavals, or invasion.
The book became an international and New York Times bestseller  and was translated into 28 languages. Central to the book's thesis is the contention that those who wish to implement unpopular free market policies now routinely do so by taking advantage of certain features of the aftermath of major disasters, be they economic, political, military or natural. The suggestion is that when a society experiences a major 'shock' there is a widespread desire for a rapid and decisive response to correct the situation; this desire for bold and immediate action provides an opportunity for unscrupulous actors to implement policies which go far beyond a legitimate response to disaster.
The book suggests that when the rush to act means the specifics of a response will go unscrutinized, that is the moment when unpopular and unrelated policies will intentionally be rushed into effect.
The book appears to claim that these shocks are in some cases intentionally encouraged or even manufactured. Klein identifies the "shock doctrine", elaborating on Joseph Schumpeteras the latest in capitalism's phases of "creative destruction".
The Shock Doctrine was adapted into a short film of the same name, released onto YouTube. The original video was viewed over one million times.
The publication of The Shock Doctrine increased Klein's prominence, with The New Yorker judging her "the most visible and influential figure on the American left—what Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky were thirty years ago. Klein's fourth book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs.
It has also been published Internationally with the alternative subtitle Defeating the New Shock Politics. She supports the Green New Deal throughout the book and in the final essay she discusses the U. Klein has written on issues such as the Iraq War. In a September article for Harper's Magazine she argues that, contrary to popular belief, the Bush administration did have a clear plan for post-invasion Iraq, which was to build a completely unconstrained free market economy.Ive spent two decades studying the transformations that take place under the cover of disaster.
Ive learned that one thing we can count on is this: During moments of cataclysmic change, the previously unthinkable suddenly becomes reality. In recent decades, that change has mainly been for the worst but this has not always been the case. And it need not conti Discover new books on Goodreads. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options.
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No Logo 3. Want to Read saving… Error rating book.Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. It was an instant New York Times bestseller and a 1 Canadian bestseller. It won the inaugural Warwick Prize for Writing.
The Literary Review of Canada has named it one of the hundred most important Canadian books ever published. The Shock Doctrine was also adapted into a feature length documentary by award-winning director Michael Winterbottom and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in She is now a co-founder and advisory board chair of The Leapa climate justice organization developed from the Manifesto that exists to inject new urgency and bold ideas into confronting the intersecting crises of our time: climate change, racism and inequality.
She has received multiple honorary degrees and awards. In she was named one of the The Frederick Douglassa project to honor the impact of living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Douglass. Author of numerous books and articles, Naomi is one of the most important voices in the alter-globalizations movement.
In she was awarded the Izzy I. She combines rigorous reporting, analysis, history and global scope into a package that not only identifies problems, but also illuminates successful activism and solutions. That goes for her groundbreaking book on climate change and for columns that brilliantly connect the dots — such as the intersection of climate justice and racial justice. Today, this transformative program has a name: the Green New Deal.
But before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her political colleagues popularized the Green New Deal, Klein backed the Leap Manifesto, a visionary document intended as a yardstick or meter-stick, for Canadians like Klein and me to measure any climate crisis proposal against: You must be this bold to save the planet.
Anything less is cowardice and depraved indifference to the plight of our children and especially the children of poor people in poor countries. This is a scorching volume for a heated time. The fire next time, it turns out, is now. What separates Klein from many other advocates for a Green New Deal is her balanced combination of idealism and politics-based realism. Another important addition to the literature on the most essential issue of our day.
Klein collects her longform writing on the climate crisis—and somehow manages to strike a hopeful note as she calls for a radical commitment to the Green New Deal, the kind of collective mobilization that saved us from the brink in WWII, and might be our only hope now. The most effective and persuasive part of this book is in its first 53 pages, written as an introduction to what follows.
In those pages she sets out her argument with a precision that matches her passion. A clear and readable guide to action, if it is action you are contemplating.
The problem is too massive. But Klein sees something else. She sees a possibility: that a more humane economy can be shaped by aggressively combating climate change. I count her among the most inspirational political thinkers in the world today. Heart and mind go hand in hand in this magisterial response to a present crisis. Her stirring vision is nothing less than a political, economic, social, cultural and moral makeover of the human world.
Her uncanny ability to marshall a staggering amount of research into a page-turning clarion call should never be taken for granted.
She braids together the science, psychology, geopolitics, economics, ethics and activism that shape the climate question. The result is the most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring. It may be the most important book you read this decade.
Klein upends assumptions and demands that we think — her book is thrilling, troubling and very dark. Klein is not simply a woman with a bullhorn. This is a brilliant book, one of the most important I have read in a long time. She has turned globalism inside out, and in so doing given all of us a new way of looking at our seemingly unending disaster in Iraq, and a new way of understanding why we got there. Honest, urgent and necessary to read.Publishing on September 17th, an analysis of how bold climate action called for in the Green New Deal is the necessary blueprint for the survival of our world.
A calculation on how under the cover of shocks and crises it could get a lot worse. And a plan for how we may be able to flip the script and arrive at a better future. Climate change is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts.
Confronting it is no longer about changing the light bulbs. A collection of reporting from the frontlines of the globalization debate from Journalistic investigation combined with political and cultural analysis document the invasive economic practices and damaging social effects of the rising branded world, calling for a more just, sustainable economic model.
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On Fire. The Battle for Paradise. No is not Enough. This Changes Everything. The Shock Doctrine. Fences and Windows. No Logo. No is Not Enough. The Take. Latest Tweets. Follow naomiaklein on Twitter.Naomi Kleinborn May 8,MontrealQuebecCanadaCanadian author and activist whose debut book, No Logomade her one of the most prominent voices in the antiglobalization movement.
Klein was born to a politically active family. Her grandfather, an animator for Disneywas fired and blacklisted for attempting to organize a labour union.
Her parents moved to Canada from the United States to protest the Vietnam Warand her mother, Bonnie, directed the feminist antipornography documentary Not a Love Story Klein studied philosophy and literature at the University of Toronto but left before completing her degree and took a job at the Toronto newspaper The Globe and Mail.
In Klein published No Logoan analysis of the marketing and branding practices of global corporations. No Logo was translated into dozens of languages, and it made Klein into an international media star.
She followed with Fences and Windowsa volume of essays on antiglobalization topics that ranged from World Trade Organization protests to a study of the Zapatista uprising in ChiapasMexico. With her husband, director Avi Lewis, Klein wrote and coproduced The Takea documentary about the occupation of a closed auto-parts plant by Argentine workers. The Shock Doctrine was adapted as a feature-length documentary film by director Michael Winterbottom in In This Changes EverythingKlein iterated the inherent conflicts between unchecked capitalist enterprise and the mitigation of global warming; a documentary based on the book and directed by Lewis was released in Donald Trump.
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Schools, university systems, museums, and theaters across the U. Experts warn that some people who suspect they may be sick with the virus, also known as COVID, are going about their daily routines, either because their jobs do not provide paid time off because of systemic failures in our privatized health care system. President Donald Trump has contradicted recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and these mixed messages have narrowed our window of time to mitigate harm from the highly contagious virus.
What is disaster capitalism? The way I define disaster capitalism is really straightforward: It describes the way private industries spring up to directly profit from large-scale crises. In moments of crisis, people tend to focus on the daily emergencies of surviving that crisis, whatever it is, and tend to put too much trust in those in power.
We take our eyes off the ball a little bit in moments of crisis. Where does that political strategy come from?
How do you trace its history in American politics? So the shock doctrine was developed as a way to prevent crises from giving way to organic moments where progressive policies emerge. Political and economic elites understand that moments of crisis is their chance to push through their wish list of unpopular policies that further polarize wealth in this country and around the world. Right now we have multiple crises happening: a pandemic, a lack of infrastructure to manage it, and the crashing stock market.
Can you outline how each of these components fit into the schema you outline in The Shock Doctrine? The shock really is the virus itself. And it has been managed in a way that is maximizing confusion and minimizing protection. Trump has so far treated this not as a public health crisis but as a crisis of perceptionand a potential problem for his reelection.
The shock doctrine was developed as a way to prevent crises from giving way to organic moments where progressive policies emerge. This combination of forces has delivered a maximum shock. We can be sure that exactly the same kinds of meetings will happen now— in fact, the person who chaired the Katrina group was Mike Pence.
Inyou saw this play out in the original [bank] bail out, where countries wrote these blank checks to banks, which eventually added up to many trillions of dollars. But the real cost of that came in the form of economic austerity [later cuts to social services].
Are we in a better or worse position than we were during Hurricane Katrina or the last global recession? This will be one of those tests. The reason I have some hope that we might choose to evolve is that—unlike in —we have such an actual political alternative that is proposing a different kind of response to the crisis that gets at the root causes behind our vulnerability, and a larger political movement that supports it. This is what all of the work around the Green New Deal has been about: preparing for a moment like this.
If our governments and the global elite are going to exploit this crisis for their own ends, what can people do to take care of each other? What a moment of crisis like this unveils is our porousness to one another. We are enmeshed. Different ways of organizing society light up different parts of ourselves.
So be aware of that and think about how, instead of hoarding and thinking about how you can take care of yourself and your family, you can pivot to sharing with your neighbors and checking in on the people who are most vulnerable. Sign up for our newsletter to get the best of VICE delivered to your inbox daily.