No Is Not Enough

No Is Not Enough

Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need

Book - 2017
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"Remember when it all seemed to be getting better? Before Trump happened? What went wrong, and what can we do about it? Naomi Klein - scourge of brand bullies, disaster capitalists and climate liars - shows us how we got to this surreal and dangerous place, how to stop it getting worse and how, if we keep our heads, we can seize the opportunity to make it better. She reveals how Trump is not a freakish aberration, but an extension of the most powerful trends of the last century: celebrity and CEO-worship, Vegas and Guantanamo, soft porn and hard power, fake news and vulture bankers, all rolled into one. His election was not a peaceful transit but a corporate takeover, by people who've knowingly harmed people, societies and our planet. Now their deliberate shock tactics are generating wave after wave of crises, designed to disorientate us and stop us fighting back. This book is the toolkit for shock resistance, giving all of us what we need (including tips such as 'how to jam the brand' and 'kill your inner Trump') to win the argument and right their wrongs. Don't let them get away with it."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Alfred A. Knopf Canada,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735273993
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 21 cm

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caseybelle
Sep 03, 2017

This book was written and published at jet speed. There is a reason why we read and listen: to learn and grow. There has always been discord and confusion in the world. Fathers and Mothers disagree with their children yet we need to coalesce this disagreement into action. Ms. Klein is a formidable force of concern and thought. I do not know if I am a neoliberal, socialdemocrat or an egg, but one does know logical clear analysis when presented with it. This book has a lot of people waiting for it, I am almost finished (wife keeps taking it when she can). Hurricane disaster in Houston may be another Shock Therapy and I despair yet hope. This is a call for action not division. READ THIS BOOK.

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Jul 24, 2017

This is an interesting analysis of current western society and the forces that allowed Donald Trump to become president. Klein draws upon her research for her three previous books (No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and This Changes Everything) to explain that Trump’s election is not some strange anomaly but the natural result of the society created by neoliberalism over the last 30 years – the brand/consumer culture, the use of shocks and crises to erode citizen rights and the corporate denial of human-caused climate change.

After looking at how we arrived at the current situation, Klein looks at how things could get worse. She then ends on a positive note looking at how things can get better and describes the coming together of different social movements for united action in place of their historically separate silos. The last section of the book contains The Leap Manifesto, created by Naomi Klein and 60 others from a broad spectrum of society and listing the values on which a healthy human society should be based.

The only one of Klein’s previous books I have read is This Changes Everything. While that was an excellent book in terms of its content, I was very disappointed in the quality of the writing. I was often distracted by thinking that I would want to rewrite a paragraph to tighten it up. This is definitely not the case with this book. The writing ranges between good and excellent so none of the message is lost.

This is an excellent analysis of the current state of the world and a positive view of how society could be recreated, if only we had the will to do so. However, I have the lingering fear that neither citizens nor their politicians will exert the effort required, in which case we are doomed.

CatherineG_1 Jul 14, 2017

In light of the current political climate, this sounds like an enlightening read for us, all. On hold.

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