Thursday, December 5, 2013

Stage Left

Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Hang on to your ideologies, people — Naomi Klein is coming. The bestselling author, anti-globalization activist and all-around international liberal powerhouse is guaranteed to take your coffeehouse and dinner table debates to the next level. If you've read her articles in The Nation or seen footage of her speaking to the masses at the Occupy Wall Street protests or getting cuffed at the White House, you have some idea of the impassioned speech you'll hear on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Van Duzer Theatre at 7 p.m. ($25, $5 HSU students).

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Klein's 2000 book No Logo takes on global capitalism and dunks hard on companies like Nike for their trade and labor practices overseas. In Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism she posits theories about how governments and corporations take advantage of traumatized citizens in the wake of disasters (Katrina, the war in Iraq), installing self-serving policies and economic systems under the guise of emergency measures.

Klein has her dukes up over global warming and fossil fuels, too (hence the White House perp walk). The book she's typing away at these days goes into not only the damage wrought by right-wing denialists, but also by the failures and selling out of Big Green groups. And yet Klein is a kind of optimist, seeing climate change as a potential catalyst for revolution. Get a good seat — it should be radical.

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