Wednesday, October 30, 2013 How science is telling us all to revolt (4 comments)
one dynamic offers hope--resistance--movements of people who adopt a certain set of dynamics that does not fit within the capitalist culture. This includes "environmental direct action, resistance taken from outside the dominant culture, as in protests, blockades and sabotage by indigenous peoples, workers, anarchists and other activist groups."
Monday, September 9, 2013 Overcoming 'Overburden': The Climate Crisis and a Unified Left Agenda (8 comments)
The attacks working people are facing right now are a classic case of The Shock Doctrine.
There's no shortage of examples, from the mass slashing of salaries and layoffs of public sector workers in Greece, to the attacks on pension funds in Detroit in the midst of a cooked up bankruptcy, to the Harper government's scapegoating of unions for its own policy failures right here in Canada.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 Time for Big Green to Go Fossil Free (6 comments)
The movement demanding that public interest institutions divest their holdings from fossil fuels is on a serious roll. At last count, there were active divestment campaigns on 305 campuses and in more than 100 US cities and states, and in Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Britain. The mission statement of the Fossil Free movement: "If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage.
Thursday, December 27, 2012 I Feel Theresa Spence's Hunger -- for Justice (1 comments)
The greatest blessing of all, however, is indigenous sovereignty itself. It is the huge stretches of this country that have never been ceded by war or treaty. It is the treaties signed and still recognized by our courts. If Canadians have a chance of stopping Mr. Harper's planet-trashing plans, it will be because these legally binding rights -- backed up by mass movements, court challenges & direct action will stand in his way
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Awake, Hungry and Idle No More (2 comments)
During this season of light and magic, something truly magical is spreading. The people whose land our founders stole and whose culture they tried to stamp out are rising up, hungry for justice. These are the rights Mr. Harper is trying to extinguish now. Canada's roots are showing. And these roots will make us all stand stronger.
Monday, November 12, 2012 Superstorm Sandy -- a People's Shock? (4 comments)
Is there anyone who can still feign surprise at this stuff? The flurry of attempts to use Sandy's destructive power as a cash grab is just the latest chapter in the very long story I have called The Shock Doctrine. And it is but the tiniest glimpse into the ways large corporations are seeking to reap enormous profits from climate chaos.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Hurricane Sandy: beware of America's disaster capitalists (8 comments)
The flurry of attempts to use Sandy's destructive power as a cash grab is just the latest chapter in the very long story I have called the The Shock Doctrine. And it is but the tiniest glimpse into the ways large corporations are seeking to reap enormous profits from climate chaos.
Monday, November 14, 2011 Capitalism vs. the Climate (5 comments)
Just as tobacco companies have been obliged to pay the costs of helping people to quit smoking, and BP has had to pay for the cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico, it is high time for the "polluter pays" principle to be applied to climate change. Responding to climate change requires that we break every rule in the free-market playbook and that we do so with great urgency.
Friday, October 7, 2011 Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now (2 comments)
Class war & the hunger for status go with the condition of being human, but that doesn't change the necessity to do battle with the elite when they abuse both. It's an epic struggle & Americans have just opened the next chapter.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 Looting with the lights on (3 comments)
You can't cut police budgets at the same time as you cut everything else. Because when you rob people of what little they have, in order to protect the interests of those who have more than anyone deserves, you should expect resistance -- whether organised protests or spontaneous looting. And that's not politics. It's physics.
Saturday, February 5, 2011 Goldstone Report Details a Massive Crime Scene in Gaza (18 comments)
Many Gazans I met on that trip appeared as traumatized by the absence of an international investigation as by the attacks. They explained that even in the darkest days of the Israeli onslaught, they had comforted themselves with the belief that, this time, Israel had gone too far.
Sunday, January 16, 2011 The Search for BP's Oil (1 comments)
Naomi Klein reports on scientists who are still finding oil -- BP's oil, the oil BP doesn't want Americans to see.
Monday, November 15, 2010 G20 Trials and the War on Activism
let's always remember that the gravest crimes of that summit were not the fake lake, or the civil liberties violations, or even the security budget.
The following speech was made by Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein at the telethon held to raise funds the legal costs of G20 protesters. The telethon took place in Toronto on Nov. 11 and rabble.ca carried it live.
Monday, June 28, 2010 Sticking the public with the bill for the bankers' crisis (16 comments)
The heads of state who, on Sunday night, smashed social safety nets and burned good jobs in the middle of a recession. Faced with the effects of a crisis created by the world's wealthiest and most privileged strata, they decided to stick the poorest and most vulnerable people in their countries with the bill.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 Gulf oil spill: A hole in the world (38 comments)
The Deepwater Horizon disaster is not just an industrial accident -" it is a violent wound inflicted on the Earth itself. In this special report from the Gulf coast, a leading author and activist shows how it lays bare the hubris at the heart of capitalism
Sunday, June 6, 2010 Blinding the Witnesses (3 comments)
There is something way too literal about Israel shooting out the eye of a witness to its crimes.
Saturday, April 24, 2010 What Happened in Bolivia This Week Could Save Our Failing Democracies (3 comments)
Four rights discussed: nature should be granted rights that protect ecosystems from annihilation; that those who violate those rights and other international environmental agreements should face legal consequences; that poor countries should receive various forms of compensation for a crisis they are facing but had little role in creating; and that there should be a mechanism for people around the world to express their views
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 Chile's Socialist Rebar; Klein rebuts sloppy WSJ op-ed attack (4 comments)
Just two days after Chile was struck by a devastating earthquake, Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens informed his readers that Milton Friedman's "spirit was surely hovering protectively over Chile" because, "thanks largely to him, the country has endured a tragedy that elsewhere would have been an apocalypse. Stephens attacked Kleins Shock Doctrine theory, but Klien rebuts with reality, overcoming neocon fantasy
Saturday, December 26, 2009 For Obama, No Opportunity Too Big To Blow (12 comments)
Contrary to countless reports, the debacle in Copenhagen was not everyone's fault...
There's plenty of blame to go around, but there was one country that possessed unique power to change the game. It didn't use it. If Barack Obama had come to Copenhagen with a transformative and inspiring commitment to getting the U.S. economy off fossil fuels, all the other major emitters would have stepped up.
Monday, December 14, 2009 Memo to Danes: Even You Cannot Control This Summit (3 comments)
When it comes to producing absurdly appealing light fixtures and shockingly comfortable desk chairs, that Danish form of displacement is clearly a very good thing. When it comes to hosting a world-changing summit, the Danish need for control is proving to be a serious problem.
Thursday, October 1, 2009 Copenhagen: Obama Better Go Back (3 comments)
When Obama arrives in Copenhagen tomorrow to support Chicago's Olympic bid, he will be showing the world that he is willing to schlep to Scandinavia for an event he considers important. The big question now is: will he do it again on December 7, when Copenhagen plays host to the United Nations summit on climate change, the highest-stakes environmental negotiations in history?
Friday, May 15, 2009 The Cure for Layoffs: Fire the Boss! (5 comments)
Tomorrow night (May 15) at Cooper Union in New York City, we're taking part in a panel that looks at this phenomenon, called Fire the Boss: The Worker Control Solution from Buenos Aires to Chicago.
Sunday, April 19, 2009 Vote Out Larry Summers (4 comments)
This article is an amalgam of two pieces by Naomi Klein regarding the ever pompous, repeatedly wrong, elitist economist Larry Summers.
This man's insufferable arrogance and self serving advocacy for failed policies that only serve the extreme elite is a danger to the middle class, and the nation.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 All of Them Must Go - "¡Que se vayan todos!" (2 comments)
Watching the crowds in Iceland banging pots and pans until their government fell reminded me of a chant popular in anti-capitalist circles in 2002: "You are Enron. We are Argentina."
Friday, February 6, 2009 All of Them Must Go (28 comments)
It's taken a while, but from Iceland to Latvia, South Korea to Greece, the rest of the world is finally having its ¡Que se vayan todos! (They all must go!) moment.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 A Night When The People Holding Open the Doors Were Happier Than The Ones Walking Through Them (2 comments)
Since I already sent my serious post, I just wanted to chime in with an anecdote. I was in Washington D.C. last night, staying two blocks from the White House. At 11:30 pm, a half hour after the results were announced, I happened to walk past a very stuffy private club, one that, as far as I can tell, is populated exclusively by hardcore Republican men in their later years...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 Real Change Depends on Stopping the Bailout Profiteers (8 comments)
The question is now whether Obama will have the courage to take the ideas that won him this election and turn them into policy. Or, alternately, whether he will use the financial crisis to rationalize a move to what pundits call "the middle" (if there is one thing this election has proved, it is that the real middle is far to the left of its previously advertised address)