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Naomi Kleinová

Datum narození: 8. květen 1970

Naomi Kleinová je kanadská novinářka, spisovatelka, feministka a aktivistka. Podle Top global intellectuals of 2005 a časopisů Prospect magazine a Foreign policy byla zvolena jedním ze 100 světových intelektuálů, kde obsadila 11. příčku a byla tak nejvlivnější ženou mezi globálními intelektuály.


„Minulé dva týdny jsem strávila četbou stovek reakcí na encykliku. Většina jich byla pozitivních, ale kritikám vládlo jedno společné téma: Papež František se nemýlí vědecky, ani morálně, ale ekonomiku a politiku by měl přenechat odborníkům. Právě oni prý rozumějí obchodování s uhlím a privatizaci vody i tomu, jak účinně tržně vyřešit jakýkoli problém. Rozhodně s tím nesouhlasím. Nynější nebezpečný stav částečně zavinili mnozí ekonomičtí experti tím, že své technokratické schopnosti uplatňovali bez moudrosti. Vytvořili modely, které přisuzovaly skandálně nízkou hodnotu lidskému životu, zejména životu chudých lidí, a zároveň chránily firemní profit a ekonomický růst za každou cenu.“

„You actually cannot sell the idea of freedom, democracy, diversity, as if it were a brand attribute and not reality -- not at the same time as you're bombing people, you can't.“


„Democracy is not just the right to vote, it is the right to live in dignity.“

„Extreme violence has a way of preventing us from seeing the interests it serves.“ The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

„The parties with the most gain never show up on the battlefield.“ The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

„A term like capitalism is incredibly slippery, because there's such a range of different kinds of market economies. Essentially, what we've been debating over—certainly since the Great Depression—is what percentage of a society should be left in the hands of a deregulated market system. And absolutely there are people that are at the far other end of the spectrum that want to communalize all property and abolish private property, but in general the debate is not between capitalism and not capitalism, it's between what parts of the economy are not suitable to being decided by the profit motive. And I guess that comes from being Canadian, in a way, because we have more parts of our society that we've made a social contract to say, 'That's not a good place to have the profit motive govern.' Whereas in the United States, that idea is kind of absent from the discussion. So even something like firefighting—it seems hard for people make an argument that maybe the profit motive isn't something we want in the firefighting sector, because you don't want a market for fire.“

„The widespread abuse of prisoners is a virtually foolproof indication that politicians are trying to impose a system--whether political, religious or economic--that is rejected by large numbers of the people they are ruling. Just as ecologists define ecosystems by the presence of certain "indicator species" of plants and birds, torture is an indicator species of a regime that is engaged in a deeply anti-democratic project, even if that regime happens to have come to power through elections.“ The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

„When it comes to paying contractors, the sky is the limit; when it comes to financing the basic functions of the state, the coffers are empty.“ The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism


„People without memory are putty.“

„In Venezuela Chavez has made the co-ops a top political priority, giving them first refusal on government contracts and offering them economic incentives to trade with one another. By 2006, there were roughly 100,000 co-operatives in the country, employing more than 700,000 workers. Many are pieces of state infrastructure – toll booths, highway maintenance, health clinics – handed over to the communities to run. It’s a reverse of the logic of government outsourcing – rather than auctioning off pieces of the state to large corporations and losing democratic control, the people who use the resources are given the power to manage them, creating, at least in theory, both jobs and more responsive public services. Chavez’s many critics have derided these initiatives as handouts and unfair subsidies, of course. Yet in an era when Halliburton treats the U. S. government as its personal ATM for six years, withdraws upward of $20 billion in Iraq contracts alone, refuses to hire local workers either on the Gulf coast or in Iraq, then expresses its gratitude to U. S. taxpayers by moving its corporate headquarters to Dubai (with all the attendant tax and legal benefits), Chavez’s direct subsidies to regular people look significantly less radical.“

„our economic system and our planetary system are now at war. Or, more accurately, our economy is at war with many forms of life on earth, including human life. What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction in humanity’s use of resources; what our economic model demands to avoid collapse is unfettered expansion. Only one of these sets of rules can be changed, and it’s not the laws of nature.“ This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

„Slavery wasn’t a crisis for British and American elites until abolitionism turned it into one. Racial discrimination wasn’t a crisis until the civil rights movement turned it into one. Sex discrimination wasn’t a crisis until feminism turned it into one. Apartheid wasn’t a crisis until the anti-apartheid movement turned it into one.“ This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate


„What we have been living for three decades is frontier capitalism, with the frontier constantly shifting location from crisis to crisis, moving on as soon as the law catches up.“ The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

„Because, underneath all of this is the real truth we have been avoiding: climate change isn’t an “issue” to add to the list of things to worry about, next to health care and taxes. It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message—spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions—telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet. Telling us that we need to evolve.“ This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

„So we are left with a stark choice: allow climate disruption to change everything about our world, or change pretty much everything about our economy to avoid that fate. But we need to be very clear: because of our decades of collective denial, no gradual, incremental options are now available to us.“ This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

„The American Society of Civil Engineers said in 2007 that the U. S. had fallen so far behind in maintaining its public infrastructure -- roads, bridges, schools, dams -- that it would take more than a trillion and half dollars over five years to bring it back up to standard. Instead, these types of expenditures are being cut back. At the same time, public infrastructure around the world is facing unprecedented stress, with hurricanes, cyclones, floods and forest fires all increasing in frequency and intensity. It's easy to imagine a future in which growing numbers of cities have their frail and long-neglected infrastructures knocked out by disasters and then are left to rot, their core services never repaired or rehabilitated. The well-off, meanwhile, will withdraw into gated communities, their needs met by privatized providers.“ The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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