Screen New Deal: Naomi Klein on How Companies Like Google Plan to Profit in High-Tech COVID Dystopia


15-05-20 07:02:00,

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AMY GOODMAN: Naomi, we wanted to turn right now to your major piece in The Intercept. You talk about the “pandemic shock doctrine” beginning to emerge, as we turn to your new report that looks at how this crisis is more high-tech than previous disasters and how the future we’re being rushed into could transform our lives into a, quote, “living laboratory for a permanent — and highly profitable — no-touch future.”

This future was on display a week ago during New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily coronavirus briefing, when he welcomed a video visit from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and announced Schmidt will be heading up a blue-ribbon commission to reimagine New York state’s post-COVID reality.

ERIC SCHMIDT: The public-private partnerships that are possible with the intelligence of the New Yorkers is extraordinary. It needs to be unleashed.

GOV. ANDREW CUOMO: Well, great. You are the person to help us do that. We are all ready. We’re all in. We are New Yorkers, so we’re aggressive about it and we’re ambitious about it. And I think we get it, Eric. You know, we went through this period, and we realize that change is not only imminent, but it can actually be a friend, if done the right way.

AMY GOODMAN: This comes as Eric Schmidt has also been selling his services to the military-industrial complex. The New York Times reported on Schmidt’s, quote, “Pentagon offensive.”

Well, Naomi Klein, I want to ask if you can comment on all of this, and particularly lay out your piece in The Intercept, called “Screen New Deal: Under Cover of Mass Death, Andrew Cuomo Calls in the Billionaires to Build a High-Tech Dystopia.” Lay out your thesis.

NAOMI KLEIN: Sure. Well, the billionaires I was referring to is, he didn’t just announce that partnership with Eric Schmidt, who will be chairing this blue-ribbon commission to, quote-unquote, “reopen” New York state with an emphasis on telehealth, remote learning, working from home, increased broadband. That’s what they announced during that briefing. He also announced that he would be kind of outsourcing the tracing of the virus to Michael Bloomberg,

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03-04-20 07:14:00,

Naomi Klein is de auteur van een aantal zeer belangrijke antiglobaliseringsstudies en documentaires. In dit artikel, vertaald uit Reader Supported News, legt ze uit dat regeringen en de wereldwijde elite de pandemie zullen gebruiken voor hun doelen

Coronavirus is officieel een wereldwijde pandemie die tot nu toe tien keer meer mensen heeft besmet dan SARS. Scholen, universitaire systemen, musea en theaters sluiten in de hele VS en binnenkort zouden hele steden kunnen worden gesloten. Deskundigen waarschuwen dat sommige mensen die vermoeden dat ze mogelijk besmet zijn met het COVID-19-virus hun dagelijkse routine voortzetten omdat hun werk hen niet toelaat om ziek te worden wegens systemisch falen in onze geprivatiseerde gezondheidszorg .

De meesten van ons weten niet precies wat ze moeten doen of naar wie ze moeten luisteren. President Donald Trump heeft de aanbevelingen van de Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tegengesproken en deze gemengde berichten hebben de kleine kloof in de tijd verkleind om de schade als gevolg van een zeer besmettelijk virus te beperken.

Dit zijn perfecte voorwaarden voor regeringen en mondiale elites om politieke agenda’s te implementeren die anders met overweldigende tegenstand zouden worden ontvangen als we niet allemaal zo gedesoriënteerd zouden zijn. Deze reeks gebeurtenissen is niet uniek voor de door het coronavirus veroorzaakte crisis; het is een plan dat politici en regeringen al decennia lang volgen, bekend als de ‘ shockdoctrine ‘.

De geschiedenis is een kroniek van schokken – oorlogsschokken, natuurrampen, economische crises – en de gevolgen van hun gevolgen. Deze vruchten worden gekenmerkt als “catastrofaal kapitalisme”, berekende “oplossingen” voor een vrije markt voor crises, die bestaande ongelijkheden uitbuiten en verergeren.

We zien al een catastrofaal kapitalisme op het nationale toneel plaatsvinden: als reactie op het coronavirus heeft Trump een stimuleringspakket van $ 700 miljard voorgesteld, inclusief loonsverlagingen die de sociale zekerheid zouden verstoren en industrieën zouden helpen hun banen te verliezen als gevolg van de pandemie .

‘Ze doen het niet omdat ze denken dat dit de meest effectieve manier is om het lijden tijdens een pandemie te verlichten – ze hadden deze ideeën al tot hun beschikking en hebben nu de kans om ze te implementeren’, zegt Naomi Klein.
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Video: Naomi Klein Interviews Bernie Sanders on Climate Change


03-12-18 06:51:00,

The bold moral leadership of newly elected members of Congress like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has me feeling more optimistic about our collective chances of averting climate breakdown than I have in years. But a whole lot of things need to happen very quickly if the political tide is going to shift in time — including finding new ways to engage the public in this fight. In this hopeful moment, I had the opportunity to sit down with one of the few politicians who has consistently focused on this issue — Sen. Bernie Sanders. We spoke at the Sanders Institute Gathering in Burlington, Vermont, this weekend.

Tonight, Sanders will host a town hall on climate change with guests, including Ocasio-Cortez, founder Bill McKibben, activist and “Big Little Lies” star Shailene Woodley, climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel, activist and musician Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, and Mayor Dale Ross of deep-red Georgetown, Texas. The event will be streaming live in partnership with progressive media outlets, including The Intercept. You can watch on our Facebook page from 7-8:30 p.m.

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Naomi Klein on the Urgency of a ‘Green New Deal’ for Everyone


01-12-18 10:22:00,

Progressive journalist and activist Naomi Klein urged sweeping change that tackles the climate crisis, capitalism, racism and economic inequality in tandem on Friday in Burlington, Vt. If that seems challenging, add the fact that the clock is ticking and there might not be another chance.

“We need to have started yesterday,” Klein said at the three-day Sanders Institute Gathering on a panel moderated by environmental activist Bill McKibben. “What all of us who follow the science know is that we just can’t lose these four years,” she said, referring to the presidency of climate change denier Donald Trump. The conference, organized by the think tank founded by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane, is aimed at forming bold progressive agendas for the future.

Progressives are looking to incoming Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for leadership as she galvanizes a grassroots effort by the youth-led climate change group Sunrise Movement to reduce fossil fuel dependence. Eighteen members of Congress support the idea of creating a House select committee to look at making a realistic plan by January 2020.

“This is not just about a Green New Deal, this is about a New Deal for the United States of America,” Ocasio-Cortez said at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday. “Because in every moment when our country has reached the depths of darkness, in every moment when we were at the brink, at the cusp of an abyss and we did not know if we would be capable of saving ourselves, we have.”

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent report outlined what Klein called “a terrifying 12 years” to cut fossil fuel use nearly in half by 2030.

The climate crisis is embedded in nearly every aspect of the issues you see on the front page of the newspaper, but it is rarely framed that way. Mass migration is often fueled by climate instability and food insecurity, while experts predict rising sea levels will leave even more people unrooted in the future. Politicians who take campaign donations from oil and gas companies are more likely to push policies that support them. The sweeping military-industrial complex has a dependence on fossil fuels.

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Naomi Klein: We’ve Entered a Frightening New Era of Capitalism

Naomi Klein: We’ve Entered a Frightening New Era of Capitalism

13-10-18 07:59:00,

Author and journalist Naomi Klein arrives for a news conference at the Vatican in 2015. (Andrew Medichini / AP)

When Nikki Haley resigned this week as the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations, seemingly the political press’ first question was whether Donald Trump would name his daughter Ivanka as her replacement. Trump did little to discourage this speculation. “[It’s] nothing to do with nepotism,” he told reporters at the White House, barely concealing a smile. “But I want to tell you that the people that know, know that Ivanka would be dynamite.”

For “The Shock Doctrine” and “No Is Not Enough” author Naomi Klein, that the president’s offspring would even be considered for such a post is evidence enough that we’ve entered a frightening new era of capitalism—one in which the 1 percent so dominate our institutions that they consider political power to be their natural birthright. In her latest essay for The Intercept, she dubs it the “Age of the Pampered Princeling”:

The Koch brothers were raised in luxury and inherited Koch Industries from their father (who built his fortune constructing refineries under Stalin and Hitler). [Richard Mellon] Scaife was an heir to the Gulf Oil, Alcoa Aluminum, and Mellon Banks fortunes and grew up in an estate so lavish it was populated with pet penguins. [The late John M.] Olin took over his father’s weapons and chemicals company.

And so it goes, right down to Betsy DeVos, who was raised by billionaire Edgar Prince and married into the Amway fortune—and who has devoted her life to dismantling public education, now from inside the Trump administration. And let’s not forget Rupert Murdoch, who inherited a chain of newspapers from his father and is in the process of handing over his media empire to his sons. Or relative newcomer Rebekah Mercer, who has chipped off a chunk of her father Robert’s hedge fund fortune to bankroll Breitbart News, among other pet projects. In short, these people are Downton Abbey lords and masters, playacting as Ayn Rand heroes.

Klein urges her readers to consider the mental gymnastics required for our nation’s scions to convince themselves not just that they’re self-made, but that their attacks on the social safety net are inherently righteous.

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