I'll be honest: Naomi Klein terrifies me. If no one bought her books or took her seriously or listened to a word she said, that would be fine and dandy. Problem is, that's not the case. For many of the kids of Generations X and Y - the Occupy crowd, especially - Klein is the voice of sanity.
Have you listened to what that voice of sanity has been saying lately? Check out this screed in The Nation. Or rather don't. She's not a particularly elegant or exciting writer, our Naomi. Or, indeed, an intellectually coherent one. So to save you the bother, I've captured the gist in a blog entitled Only A Totalitarian New World Order Can Save Us Now Says Naomi Klein.
No Logo author Naomi Klein has a solution to climate change and it goes like this: punitive taxation; massive wealth re-distribution; the abolition of free trade and free markets; a state-enforced end to to the "cult of shopping"; the whole to be supervised by a New World Order of selfless illuminati (who presumably resemble Naomi Klein).
My question to Ricochet readers is: how do we respond to this stuff? In 2000, when No Logo became a bestseller, this kind of coffee table radical chic was harmless enough. In 2011, however, it threatens to usher precisely the kind of economically suicidal protectionism, assault on wealth and totalitarian bullying which made the Thirties such a great success for Germany, Italy and the Soviet Union. (Not to mention FDR's USA.)
Do we mock?
Do we patiently explain?