Humanities & Social Sciences
Naomi Klein and surroundings
In this essay, David Montesinos analyzes the importance of the works of Naomi Klein (Canada, 1970) on the drift of contemporary capitalism. Since the publication of "No logo" (2000) and "The Shock Doctrine" (2007), Naomi Klein has criticized the most oppressive practices of capitalism and its painful consequences on millions of people. Today we know that the accelerated destruction of the environment is part of the same logic of destructive expansion, hence Klein's support for a Green New Deal. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the significance of the shock doctrine has been manifested, the essential elements of which come into force with the confinement and blocking of productive activity throughout the world. The author, based on a detailed rereading of all of Klein's essays to date, responds to detractors who discredit, through simplistic topics and formulas, the proposals of the Canadian journalist. This book reflects the current importance of Naomi Klein's questions that allow us to understand what is happening and what the immediate future holds for us. The time has come to decide if we want more hate populism, more racism, more climate change, more oligarchic capitalism and less citizen rights, or understand that this crisis and the previous one are the product of an unsustainable model of life and a predatory productive system, destined to commercialize absolutely everything, and to promote inequality and the lack of protection of the majority.