Climate Change: Naomi Klein Calls Out the 1%

From our friends at Living Green Magazine.

Canadian author and social activist Naomi has been a long-time critic of corporate globalization, which she addressed in her books The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. On October 6, she spoke at Occupy Wall Street. Since amplified microphones are not allowed by the organizers, the crowd used their “human microphone” technique of having hundreds of people repeat her words so others further away could hear the message.

The speech was first reported in the Occupied Wall Street Journal and her longer print version was published in The Nation.

The following is the version from the Occupied Wall Street Journal, created by word of mouth.

If there is one thing I know, it’s that the 1% loves a crisis. When people are panicked and desperate, that is the ideal time to push through their wishlist of pro-corporate policies: privatising education and social security, slashing public services, getting rid of the last constraints on corporate power. Amidst the economic crisis, this is happening the world over.

There is only one thing that can block this tactic, and fortunately, it’s a very big thing: the 99%. And that 99% is taking to the streets from Madison to Madrid to say: “No. We will not pay for your crisis.”

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