Sunday, August 25, 2019

Naomi Klein: Activist/Filmmaker/Journalist


Garner, Kelly, et al. No Logo. (2003: In the age of the brand, logos are everywhere. But why do some of the world’s best-known brands find themselves at the end of spray paint cans and the targets of anti-corporate campaigns? No Logo, based on the best-selling book by Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein, reveals the reasons behind the backlash against the increasing economic and cultural reach of multinational companies. Analysing how brands like Nike, The Gap, and Tommy Hilfiger became revered symbols worldwide, Klein argues that globalisation is a process whereby corporations discovered that profits lay not in making products (outsourced to low-wage workers in developing countries), but in creating branded identities people adopt in their lifestyles. Using hundreds of media examples, No Logo shows how the commercial takeover of public space, the restriction of ‘choice’, and replacement of real jobs with temporary work — the dynamics of corporate globalisation — impact everyone, everywhere…"]

Klein, Naomi. "A new shock doctrine: in a world of crisis, morality can still win." The Guardian (September 28, 2017)

---. "As New York City Declares War On the Oil Industry, the Politically Impossible Suddenly Seems Possible." The Intercept (January 11, 2018)

---. "The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn on the New Green Deal." The Intercept (February 13, 2019)

---. "Bernie Sanders on Climate Change." The Intercept (December 3, 2018)

---. "Climate change is intergenerational theft. That's why my son is part of this story." The Guardian (November 6, 2016)

---. "'Coronavirus Capitalism': Naomi Klein’s Case for Transformative Change Amid Coronavirus Pandemic." Democracy Now (March 19, 2020) ["Author, activist and journalist Naomi Klein says the coronavirus crisis, like earlier ones, could be a catalyst to shower aid on the wealthiest interests in society, including those most responsible for our current vulnerabilities, while offering next to nothing to most workers and small businesses. In 2007, Klein wrote “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.” Now she argues President Trump’s plan is a pandemic shock doctrine. In a new video for The Intercept, where she is a senior correspondent, Klein argues it’s vital for people to fight for the kind of transformative change that can not only curb the worst effects of the current crisis but also set society on a more just path."]

---. "Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Rule of Pampered Princelings." The Intercept (October 10, 2018)

---. "The Game-Changing Promise of a Green New Deal." The Intercept (November 27, 2018)  ["If you are part of the economy’s winning class and funded by even bigger winners, as so many politicians are, then your attempts to craft climate legislation will likely be guided by the idea that change should be as minimal and unchallenging to the status quo as possible. After all, the status quo is working just fine for you and your donors. Leaders who are rooted in communities that are being egregiously failed by the current system, on the other hand, are liberated to take a very different approach. Their climate policies can embrace deep and systemic change — including the need for massive investments in public transit, affordable housing, and health care — because that kind of change is precisely what their bases need to thrive. As climate justice organizations have been arguing for many years now, when the people with the most to gain lead the movement, they fight to win."]

---. "How Power Profits from Disaster." The Guardian (July 21, 2017)

---. "The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win." The Nation (December 4, 2016)

---. "Let's Fight Back Against the Politics of Fear." The Guardian (June 10, 2017)

---. "“My Fear is that Climate Change is the Biggest Crisis of All”: Naomi Klein Warns Global Warming Could Be Exploited by Capitalism and Militarism." Democracy Now (March 9, 2011)

---.  No Logo. Flamingo, 2000.

---. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Metropolitan Books, 2007.

---. "There's Nothing Natural About Puerto Rico's Disaster." The Intercept (September 21, 2018)

---. "We are Hitting a Wall of Maximum Grabbing." The Intercept (December 14, 2016)

---. "What's In a Trump Straw?" The Intercept (September 15, 2019)

---. "Why the Democratic National Committee Must Change the Rules and Hold a Climate Debate." The Intercept (August 21, 2019)

Klein, Naomi and Avi Lewis. "Elon Musk Will Not Help Lead a Climate Leap." The Nation (November 15, 2017)

Klein, Naomi and Jeremy Scahill. "Discuss Coronavirus, the Election, and Solidarity in the Midst of a Pandemic." Intercepted (March 17, 2020)

Klein, Naomi, et al. "Hurricane Maria laid bare the colonialism and capitalism in Puerto Rico ​." Best of the Left #1190 (June 15, 2018) ["Today we take a look at the high toll Puerto Rico is paying, in both money and lives, for the triple disasters of colonialism, Hurricane Maria and disaster capitalism."]

Lewis, Avi and Naomi Klein. The Take. (2004: The Take documents the story of workers in Buenos Aires, Argentina who reclaim control of a closed auto-plant where they once worked and turn it into a worker cooperative. The factory closed as a result of the economic policies of the government under the watchful eye of the IMF. While in bankruptcy protection, the company appeared to be selling off property and inventory to pay creditors — a move which further reduced the chances of the facility returning to production. Though as the movement gains strength, having started with a garment factory several years earlier, the factory workers wade through courts and the legislative system, finally establishing their own control and winning the right to operate it themselves, as a cooperative…")

Vaidya, Anjali. "Mining the Hurricane." Los Angeles Review of Books (October 3, 2018)

Whitecross, Matt, et al. The Shock Doctrine. (2009: By comparing the confluence of ideas about modifying behaviour using shock therapy and other forms of sensory deprivation (which culminated in the top-secret CIA project called MKULTRA during the 1950s) alongside the metaphor of similar shock treatment modifying national economics using the teachings of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of economics, The Shock Doctrine presents the workings of global capitalism in this framework of how the United States, along with other western countries, has exploited natural and human-engineered disasters across the globe to push through reforms and set-up other mechanisms that suit those in power and ‘shock’ other countries into a certain wanted behaviour. Chronologically, some historical examples are the using of Pinochet’s Chile, Argentina and its junta, Yeltsin’s Russia, and the invasion of Iraq. A trumped-up villain always provides distraction or rationalisation for the intervention of the United States—for example, the threat of Marxism, the Falklands, nuclear weapons, or terrorists—and further, is used by those in power as more justification for the great shift of money and power from the many into the hands of the few(er).")

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