A New Climate Movement in Bolivia

[Naomi Klein, The Nation]
It was 11 am and Evo Morales had turned a football stadium into a giant classroom marshaling an array of props: paper plates, plastic cups, disposable raincoats, handcrafted gourds, wooden plates and multicolored ponchos. All came into play to make his main point: to fight climate change, “we need to recover the [...]

Copenhagen: Seattle Grows Up

[Naomi Klein, The Nation]
The other day I received a pre-publication copy of The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle, by David Solnit and Rebecca Solnit. It’s set to come out ten years after a historic coalition of activists shut down the World Trade Organization summit in Seattle, the spark that ignited a [...]

Obama’s Bad Influence

[Naomi Klein, The Nation]
Of all the explanations for Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, the one that rang truest came from French President Nicolas Sarkozy. “It sets the seal on America’s return to the heart of all the world’s peoples.”

In other words, this was Europe’s way of saying to America, “We love you again”—sort [...]

Michael Moore: America’s Teacher

[Naomi Klein, The Nation]
On September 17, in the midst of the publicity blitz for his cinematic takedown of the capitalist order, Moore talked with Naomi Klein by phone about Capitalism Inc., the roots of our economic crisis and the promise and peril of the present political moment.. The following is an edited transcript of their [...]

The Tel Aviv Party Stops Here

[Naomi Klein, The Nation]
When I heard the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was holding a celebratory “spotlight” on Tel Aviv, I felt ashamed of Toronto, the city where I live. I thought immediately of Mona Al Shawa, a Palestinian women’s rights activist I met on a recent trip to Gaza. “We had more hope during [...]

Capitalism, Sarah Palin-Style

[Naomi Klein, The Progressive]
We are in a progressive moment, a moment when the ground is shifting beneath our feet, and anything is possible. What we considered unimaginable about what could be said and hoped for a year ago is now possible. At a time like this, it is absolutely critical that we be as clear [...]

A Lexicon of Disappointment

[Naomi Klein, The Nation]
All is not well in Obamafanland. It’s not clear exactly what accounts for the change of mood. Maybe it was the rancid smell emanating from Treasury’s latest bank bailout. Or the news that the president’s chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, earned millions from the very Wall Street banks and hedge funds he [...]

All Of Them Must Go

[Naomi Klein, The Nation]
Watching the crowds in Iceland banging pots and pans until their government fell reminded me of a chant popular in anti-capitalist circles back in 2002: “You are Enron. We are Argentina.”

Its message was simple enough. You — politicians and CEOs huddled at some trade summit — are like the reckless scamming execs [...]

Israel: Boycott, Divest, Sanction

[Naomi Klein, Morphizm]
It’s time. Long past time. The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa.

In Praise of a Rocky Transition

[Naomi Klein, Morphizm]
The more details emerge, the clearer it becomes that Washington’s handling of the Wall Street bailout is not merely incompetent. It is borderline criminal.

In a moment of high panic in late September, the US Treasury unilaterally pushed through a radical change in how bank mergers are taxed — a change long sought by [...]

New Orleans Won’t Be Ignored

[Naomi Klein, The Nation]
The early results are in: Hurricane Gustav has helped John McCain’s bid for the White House. This is nothing short of incredible.

In the combination of New Orleans and hurricanes, we have the most powerful argument possible for the necessity of “change.” It’s all there: gaping inequality, deep racism, crumbling public infrastructure, global [...]