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New Naomi Klein – New Book, New WWW, Latest Speech. JOY!!

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Hot Damn!!!

Not only is Naomi Klein’s new book – The Shock Doctrine – due for release and already available from certain internet locations, but Alfonso Cuaron – the utter mad genius who directed the essential Children of Men – is making a short film to accompany it which is also due for release shortly. AND Klein has a new website which is not only fully packed with a whole bunch of things worth knowing about and understanding, but has more to tell about all of the above, as well as ready and reliable links and connections to all of her other writing and film projects.


audio of recent speech by Klein at a debate scheduled between her and Bono’s economist Jeffrey Sachs. Sachs cancelled his appearance.

Text here. Excerpt of Klein’s inspired insight follows:

And unlike Jeffrey Sachs, I actually don’t believe that what is lacking is political will at the highest levels, cooperation between world leaders. I don’t think that if we could just present our elites with the right graphs and PowerPoint presentations — no offense — that we would finally convince them to make poverty history. I don’t believe that. I don’t believe we could do it, even if that PowerPoint presentation was being delivered Angelina Jolie wearing a (Product) Red TM Gap tank top and carrying a (Product) Red cell phone. Even if she had a (Product) Red iPhone, I still don’t think they would listen. That’s because elites don’t make justice because we ask them to nicely and appealingly. They do it when the alternative to justice is worse. And that is what happened all those years ago when the income gap began to close. That was the motivation behind the New Deal and the Marshall Plan. Communism spreading around the world, that was the fear. Capitalism needed to embellish itself. It needed to soften its edges. It was in a competition. So ideas aren’t the problem, and money is not the problem, and I don’t think political will is ever the problem.

The real problem, I want to argue today, is confidence, our confidence, the confidence of people who gather at events like this under the banner of building another world, a kinder more sustainable world. I think we lack the strength of our convictions, the guts to back up our ideas with enough muscle to scare our elites. We are missing movement power. That’s what we’re missing. “The best lacked all convictions,” Yeats wrote, “while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” Think about it. Do you want to tackle climate change as much as Dick Cheney wants Kazakhstan’s oil? Do you? Do you want universal healthcare as much as Paris Hilton wants to be the next new face of Estee Lauder? If not, why not? What is wrong with us? Where is our passionate intensity?


Written by typingisnotactivism

August 28, 2007 at 12:06 pm

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  1. You’re showing off the very nice US hardcover, but a Penguin paperback at A$32.95 will be released here on the 19th of September. & it hasn’t actually been shipped from the publisher in the States yet, despite websites selling it. You’d be waiting another 2 weeks I think before they could get stock & ship to Oz.
    Loved, LOVED the last para of the transcript. What the hell is wrong with us?

    ED: Yep – she’s hardcore madjik!! Totally supportive of the whole ‘buy local and independent’ ideology. . . but don’t know how patient I can be on this. The websites that handle it are doing 2-week advance pre-orders, I think that some shops in Australia may already have stock, and I can’t find any other info about who’s publishing here. . .. . .hmmm . . . penguin huh?


    August 29, 2007 at 12:06 pm

  2. I don’t think anyone’s physically got it – US wholesalers such as Ingrams & Baker & Taylor have not yet received their stock so….. & its having a BIG launch 17th of Sept in NYC.So if they’re saying as web providores 2 weeks prior, that means they’ll ship 3.9.07 ex USA & you’ll if lucky via US postal get it 10.9.07…..or you could ship UPS overnight at about $80 for door to door. Now that would be impatient. & imprint? – Allen Lane apparently.

    ED: muchas gracias B. . . . . and hmmmmmm.


    August 29, 2007 at 3:08 pm

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