Greed or Life: Take Your Pick
New Haven, Conn.
Congratulations to The Nation for printing Naomi Klein’s “Capitalism vs. the Climate” [Nov. 28], and thanks to Klein for that disciplined primer of what our problem is. As a former Air Corps weatherman and former vice president of the National Audubon Society, I urge all environmental groups to make this primer the catechism for a new worldview.
ROLAND C. CLEMENT
Naomi Klein exposed that the right actually “gets” (and fears) climate change, and she included the “nationalize” word. Great stuff. There are dark days ahead, but today I saw three yard signs saying, I’m Part of the 99%. Keep it coming!
The best homemade cardboard sign I have seen from the OWS eviction reads, Screw Us and We Multiply! Bring it on.
MARTHA JEAN BAKER
Naomi Klein outlines a vision for our future that unifies environmental concerns with other progressive goals. Such a vision might empower people worldwide to have action plans ready when the neoliberal world regime loses its ability to govern, an event that may occur sooner than we had any right to hope a few years ago. In this way, we would be emulating the neoliberals who so quickly filled the vacuum in Eastern Europe after communism lost its legitimacy, as described so well in Klein’s The Shock Doctrine. Would it not be appropriate to replace “disaster capitalism” with “disaster environmentalism”?
“Capitalism vs. the Climate” was an incisive forecast of a world bent on self-destruction. Conservatives and free market ideologues do indeed fear that climate change is a Trojan horse designed to change capitalism to socialism or to world eco-government without nations or borders. Klein’s six steps to global interdependence rather than hyperindividualism are right on, but only a climate change disaster of epic proportion will change our path in time, I fear. Meanwhile, the GOP will issue poll-driven sound bites, the world will delay and dither, and Mother Nature will obey the laws of physics and keep warming the earth.
The Energy Department recently announced that the world added 564 million more tons of carbon dioxide in 2010 than in 2009. Time and tide are not on our side.
People need to consume energy in order to rise above the poverty level. The disparities in the global energy economy are horrifying. Some consume enormous quantities of energy while others will be lucky to get a blanket and a bowl of hot soup at the end of the day.