Naomi Klein Strikes Again
November 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
Naomi Klein was responsible for my political awakening aged 17 with her book ‘No Logo‘. I read ‘The Shock Doctrine‘ while living in Berlin – it took me months to get through because it painfully peeled away layers of naïveté.
The first problem with this strategy is that it doesn’t work. For years, big green groups have framed climate action as a way to assert “energy security,” while “free-market solutions” are virtually the only ones on the table in the United States. Meanwhile, denialism has soared. The more troubling problem with this approach, however, is that rather than challenging the warped values motivating denialism, it reinforces them. Nuclear power and geoengineering are not solutions to the ecological crisis; they are a doubling down on exactly the kind of short-term hubristic thinking that got us into this mess.