Capitalism vs the Climate – Naomi Klein

This article appears in the November edition of :The Nation”,,0

There is a question from a gentleman in the fourth row.

He introduces himself as Richard Rothschild. He tells the crowd that he ran for county commissioner in Maryland’s Carroll County because he had come to the conclusion that policies to combat global warming were actually “an attack on middle-class American capitalism.” His question for the panelists, gathered in a Washington, DC, Marriott Hotel in late June, is this: “To what extent is this entire movement simply a green Trojan horse, whose belly is full with red Marxist socioeconomic doctrine?”

Here at the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, the premier gathering for those dedicated to denying the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activity is warming the planet, this qualifies as a rhetorical question. Like asking a meeting of German central bankers if Greeks are untrustworthy. Still, the panelists aren’t going to pass up an opportunity to tell the questioner just how right he is.

Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute who specializes in harassing climate scientists with nuisance lawsuits and Freedom of Information fishing expeditions, angles the table mic over to his mouth. “You can believe this is about the climate,” he says darkly, “and many people do, but it’s not a reasonable belief.” Horner, whose prematurely silver hair makes him look like a right-wing Anderson Cooper, likes to invoke Saul Alinsky: “The issue isn’t the issue.” The issue, apparently, is that “no free society would do to itself what this agenda requires…. The first step to that is to remove these nagging freedoms that keep getting in the way.”

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Naomi Klein, Occupy and Wombat.

Naomi Klein gave an inspiring acceptance speech when she was given the  “Challenging Business as Usual Award” at the Rainforest Action Network Conference   in San Francisco. She portrayed the “Occupy” movement as a “state of mind” which was based on “sharing”. This is something the current economic fundamentalism knows nothing about, and given the projected population increase to 10 billion by 2050, we are all going to have to learn.



One of Naomi’s major points was the need to change the system, unlock the radical imagination, and share. WOMBAT explains it as no human being could. Jason ABles made this clip in 2005 perhaps realising that it was the pnly hope for humanity.      Thanks Jason.



Jason Ables

Adbusters 15th October big day out.

I was in Placa Catalunya on the 15th May when this was born. I have never seen or been in a space that was packed so tight with so many people. I visited the site many times during the 6 weeks of rain, police brutality and deep deep indignation that is felt in Spain. 40% + of the youth of this country are unemployed, 2 million houses lay empty as people are being evicted I bear witness to the genuiness of this movement. A virus that has spread to the rest of Europe and America that will have it’s day.

“Our dreams cannot fit in your ballot box”

Stephane Hessel – Time for Outrage.

Stephane Hessel is interviewed on Democracy Now. The 94 year old born during the year of the Russian Revolution wrote a small book “Time for Outrage” last year which has sold 3.5 million copies. It is a cornerstone for protestors in Tahrir Square, Spain and now Wall St. His experiences as a French Resistance fighter, concentration camp survivor and co author of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights give his opinions some weight, and more importantly, validity, as the democracy which we are so proud of lies in tatters. This wonderful interview, and his thoughts are inspiring many people to take back what has been lost. as he warns that indifference is our worst enemy.