No is not enough Resisting Trump's shock politics and winning the world we need

Naomi Klein, 1970-

Book - 2017

"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 a...nd 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."--

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Published
Chicago, IL : Haymarket Books [2017]
Language
English
Physical Description
273 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
1608468909
9781608468904
Main Author
Naomi Klein, 1970- (author)
  • Part I. How we got here: rise of the superbrands
  • How Trump won by becoming the ultimate brand
  • The first family of brands
  • The Mar-a-Lago hunger games
  • Part II. Where we are now: climate of inequality
  • The climate clock strikes midnight
  • The grabber-in-chief
  • Politics hates a vacuum
  • Learn to love economic populism
  • Part III. How it could get worse: the shocks to come
  • Masters of disaster: doing an end run around democracy
  • The toxic to-do list: what to expect when you are expecting a crisis
  • Part IV. How things could get better
  • When the shock doctrine backfires
  • When no was not enough
  • Lessons from Standing Rock: daring to dream
  • A time to leap: because small steps won't cut it
  • Conclusion. The caring majority within reach
  • Postscript: The leap manifesto.
Review by Booklist Reviews

In her 2007 best-seller, The Shock Doctrine, Klein alerted people, as the subtitle put it, to the rise of "disaster capitalism." Ten years later, she asserts that the disaster, personified in the Trump administration, is here. Corporations have completed the coup they began decades ago, barely trying to cover the havoc they wreak. Institutions that are supposed to protect the citizenry are shaky. This book, which chronicles how we got where we are, is not going to make anyone suffering from dislocation, even fear, in the era of Trump feel better until, perhaps, the final chapters. There Klein puts forth a progressive agenda that asks people to take a leap forward to counter the "dominance-based logic that treats so many people, and the earth itself, as disposable." With current events moving at warp speed, some of the book already seems a bit out-of-date, including the tired arguments about how Bernie Sanders could have beaten Donald Trump (though she does admit that scenario might not have played out after the right wing turned its full force on the senator). Even "The Leap," the platform she heralds, which aims to link movements and uses words like redistribution and reparations, echoes 50-year-old Summer of Love tropes. Who and what will win the global war of ideas remain to be seen, but Klein gets the anti-austerity, anti-corporate, pro-community program on the table in a forthright, readable way. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Journalist and activist Klein (This Changes Everything) turns to lessons from her previous books as well as more recent work from fellow journalists and activists as she lays out a blueprint for combating Trumpism and the corporatist policies of his predecessors that made his rise possible. Trump, she writes, "is less an aberration than a logical conclusion" of the previous half-century's obsession with free-market ideology. Since the 1970s, war, economic shifts, and extreme weather events have been exploited to implement the economic "shock tactics" that underpin neoliberal austerity regimes. These crises are deeply intertwined and "can only be dealt with through collective action," Klein posits. She also outlines the history of American "racial capitalism" and the "divide-and-terrorize" political strategies that have maintained it to the present day. To counter this, she writes, movements must be prepared to take power and govern together towards multifaceted ends, as "no one movement can win on its own." Urging social movements to crystallize the yes for which they're fighting (as opposed to simply resisting), Klein cites the Leap Manifesto in Canada and the Vision for Black Lives in the U.S. as examples of community-developed documents for building a new world. With a genuine sense of hope, Klein illuminates paths to collectively forge an ecologically sound, anticapitalist order. (June) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

'this year's most immediately useful political book.' 'Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017

Review by Publisher Summary 2

New York Times BestsellerNational Book Award LonglistPublishers Weekly Best Books of 2017 Donald Trump's takeover of the White House is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises. His reckless agenda'including a corporate coup in government, aggressive scapegoating and warmongering, and sweeping aside climate science to set off a fossil fuel frenzy'will generate waves of disasters and shocks to the economy, national security, and the environment. Acclaimed journalist, activist, and bestselling author Naomi Klein has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and 'brand bullies.' From this unique perspective, she argues that Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst, most dangerous trends of the past half-century'the very conditions that have unleashed a rising tide of white nationalism the world over. It is not enough, she tells us, to merely resist, to say 'no.' Our historical moment demands more: a credible and inspiring 'yes," a roadmap to reclaiming the populist ground from those who would divide us'one that sets a bold course for winning the fair and caring world we want and need. This timely, urgent book from one of our most influential thinkers offers a bracing positive shock of its own, helping us understand just how we got here, and how we can, collectively, come together and heal.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

New York Times BestsellerNational Book Award LonglistPublishers Weekly Best Books of 2017 Donald Trump’s takeover of the White House is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises. His reckless agenda—including a corporate coup in government, aggressive scapegoating and warmongering, and sweeping aside climate science to set off a fossil fuel frenzy—will generate waves of disasters and shocks to the economy, national security, and the environment. Acclaimed journalist, activist, and bestselling author Naomi Klein has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and “brand bullies.” From this unique perspective, she argues that Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst, most dangerous trends of the past half-century—the very conditions that have unleashed a rising tide of white nationalism the world over. It is not enough, she tells us, to merely resist, to say “no.” Our historical moment demands more: a credible and inspiring “yes,” a roadmap to reclaiming the populist ground from those who would divide us—one that sets a bold course for winning the fair and caring world we want and need. This timely, urgent book from one of our most influential thinkers offers a bracing positive shock of its own, helping us understand just how we got here, and how we can, collectively, come together and heal.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“This year's most immediately useful political book.” —Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017