Occupy SMA

By Jim Carey

Occupy SMA will present two recent videos of best-selling author and activist Naomi Klein talking about her new book: No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need. Klein writes, “I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I published The Shock Doctrine, an investigation that spanned four decades, from Pinochet’s US-backed coup in 1970s Chile to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I noticed a brutal and recurring tactic by right-wing governments. After a shocking event—war, a coup, a terrorist attack, a market crash, or a natural disaster—they exploit the public’s disorientation, suspend democracy, and push through radical policies to enrich the one percent at the expense of the poor and middle class.

Meeting and Film
Occupy SMA presents:
No Is Not Enough:
Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics
and Winning the World We Need
By Naomi Klein
Mon, Jul 3, 1 PM
Quinta Loreto Hotel – TV room
Loreto 15, Centro
Free

No Is Not Enough is one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse. “It’s a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future,” according to Klein.

Klein says, “One thing I’ve learned over two decades of reporting from dozens of crises around the world: these tactics can be resisted. For your convenience, I’ve tried to boil it down to a five-step plan. Step one: Know what’s coming. What would happen if a horror like the one in Manchester took place on US soil? Based on Trump’s obvious fondness for authoritarianism, we can expect him to impose some sort of state of exception or emergency where the usual rules of democracy no longer apply. Step two: Get out of your home and defy the bans. Step three: Know your history. Throughout US history, national crises have been used to suspend constitutional protections and attack basic rights.

Step four: Always follow the money. Whose interests are being served by the chaos? What is being slipped through while we’re distracted? Who’s getting richer, and who’s getting even poorer? Step five: Advance a bold counterplan. Opponents of the shock doctrine need to move quickly to put forward a credible alternate plan to get at the root of why these sorts of crises are hitting us with ever-greater frequency. That means we have to talk about militarism, climate change, and deregulated markets. We need to advance and fight for different models, ones grounded in racial, economic, and gender justice, ones that hold out the credible promise of a tangibly better and fairer life in the here and now and a safer planet for all of us in the long term.”

In watching President Trump, bereft of fresh ideas, it appears he’s falling back on a gauzy past: dirty coal emissions to foul the skies, a grim do-over of the failed and costly drug war, and a return to Cold War treatment of Cuba. Is there any “good old days” failure he has yet to embrace? Join us Monday for the films followed by a discussion. Our events are free.

 

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