Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein
  • Born: May 8, 1970
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Profession: Journalist

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A shocking event plus utopian imagination plus movement muscle, that's how we get a real leap.
Crises test us. We either fall apart or we grow up fast. Finding new reserves of strength and capacity that we never knew we had. The shocking events that fill us with dread today can transform us, and they can transform the world for the better. But first we need to picture the world that we're fighting for. And we have to dream it up together. Right now, every alarm in our house is going off simultaneously. It's time to listen. It's time to leap.
Crises test us. We either fall apart or we grow up fast. Finding new reserves of strength and capacity that we never knew we had. The shocking events that fill us with dread today can transform us, and they can transform the world for the better. But first we need to picture the world that we're fighting for. And we have to dream it up together. Right now, every alarm in our house is going off simultaneously. It's time to listen. It's time to leap.
Free speech is meaningless if the commercial cacophony has risen to the point where no one can hear you. Freedom & Liberty
The big policy wins of the New Deal were actually offered as compromises. Because the alternative seemed to be revolution. Policy & Policy Making ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers ;Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The victories of the New Deal didn't happen just because suddenly everybody understood the brutalities of laissez-faire. This was a time, let's remember, of tremendous ideological ferment, when many different ideas about how to organize societies did battle with one another in the public square. A time when humanity dared to dream big about different kinds of futures, many of them organized along radically egalitarian lines. Now, not all of these ideas were good but this was an era of explosive imagining. This meant that the movements demanding change knew what they were against -- crushing poverty, widening inequality -- but just as important, they knew what they were for. They had their "no" and they had their "yes," too. They also had very different models of political organization than we do today. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
very often we think about political change in defined compartments these days. Environment in one box, inequality in another, racial and gender justice in a couple of other boxes, education over here, health over there. And within each compartment, there are thousands upon thousands of different groups and NGOs, each competing with one another for credit, name recognition and of course, resources. In other words, we act a lot like corporate brands. Now, this is often referred to as the problem of silos. Now, silos are understandable. They carve up our complex world into manageable chunks. They help us feel less overwhelmed. But in the process, they also train our brains to tune out when somebody else's issue comes up and when somebody else's issue needs our help and support. And they also keep us from seeing glaring connections between our issues.
We are living, once again, at a time of extraordinary political engagements. Politics is a mass obsession. Progressive movements are growing and resisting with tremendous courage. And yet, we know from history that "no" is not enough. Now, there are some "yeses" out there that are emerging. And they're actually getting a lot bolder quickly. Where climate activists used to talk about changing light bulbs, now we're pushing for 100 percent of our energy to come from the sun, wind and waves, and to do it fast. Movements catalyzed by police violence against black bodies are calling for an end to militarized police, mass incarceration and even for reparations for slavery. Students are not just opposing tuition increases, but from Chile to Canada to the UK, they are calling for free tuition and debt cancellation. And yet, this still doesn't add up to the kind of holistic and universalist vision of a different world than our predecessors had. So why is that?
We have not done those things that are necessary to lower emissions because those things conflict with deregulated capitalism. We are stuck, because those things that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe … are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a strangle-hold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets. Environment & Environmentalism ;Capitalism
We need to create a culture of care-taking. In which no one and nowhere is thrown away. In which the inherent value of all people and every ecosystem is foundational.
Why do today's non-stop shocks -- why don't they spur us into action? Why don't they produce leaps? Especially when it comes to climate change. Environment & Environmentalism ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Africa is poor because its investors and its creditors are unspeakably rich.
Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn't filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear. Hope ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The truly powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine on the most rarified delicacy of all: impunity. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Those looking for ideology in the White House should consider this: For the men who rule our world, rules are for other people.
We are looking to brands for poetry and for spirituality, because we're not getting those things from our communities or from each other. Literature, Writers & Writing
When Nike says, just do it, that's a message of empowerment. Why aren't the rest of us speaking to young people in a voice of inspiration?