Naomi Klein is the author of two books that I consider to be essential reading. Both have had a profound impact on me and I highly recommend them.
I was introduced to this extraordinary author when I found her book "No Logo" on a seat on the tube.
I could barely put it down. It introduced me to how labels and brands arose and what terrible injustices were being done by brands to workers in sweat shops in the third world. It deserves a review, and inshallah I will cover this book in more depth sometime.
Her next book was even more impressive, and I don't know why it has not received wider acclaim. "The Shock Doctrine" explains what is behind the concept of shock and awe that was unleashed upon Iraq by Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld and the neo-cons. It is truly shocking! Inshallah, I hope I get to write a more detailed review of that also.
Now I have started her latest work "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" and so far it has not disappointed. I really think man made climate change is one of the most important issues facing humanity today, and almost everything else is a distraction.
If you haven't already read my article on Islam's stance on this issue you can read it here:
In the meantime I think this topic is so important and this book so impressive I'll be posting a few choice quotations from the book as I read it and perhaps making some comments. Lets start with this:
“You have been negotiating all my life.” So said Canadian college student Anjali Appadurai, as she stared down the assembled government negotiators at the 2011 United Nations climate conference in Durban, “In that time, you’ve failed to meet pledges, you’ve missed targets, and you’ve broken promises.” In truth, the intergovernmental body entrusted to prevent “dangerous” levels of climate change has not only failed to make progress over its twenty-odd years of work it has overseen a process of virtually uninterrupted backsliding"