No Is Not Enough: Resisting The New Shock Politics And Winning The World We Need by Naomi KleinNo Is Not Enough: Resisting The New Shock Politics And Winning The World We Need by Naomi Klein

No Is Not Enough: Resisting The New Shock Politics And Winning The World We Need

byNaomi Klein

Paperback | June 5, 2017

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"Trump is extreme but he's not a Martian. He is the logical conclusion of many of the most dangerous trends of the past half-century. He is the personification of the merger of humans and corporations--a one-man megabrand, with wife and children as spin-off brands. This book is to help understand how we arrived at this surreal political moment, how to keep it from getting a lot worse, and how, if we keep our heads, we can flip the script and seize the opportunity to make things a whole lot better in a time of urgent need. A tool-kit for shock-resistance." --from the Introduction
The election of Donald Trump produced a frightening escalation in a world of cascading crises. The Trump Administration's vision--the deconstruction of the welfare and regulatory state, the unleashing of a fossil fuel frenzy (which requires the sweeping aside of climate science) and an all-out attack on vulnerable communities under the guise of a war on crime and terrorism--will generate wave after wave of crises and shocks around the world, to the economy, to national security, to the environment.     

In No Is Not Enough, Naomi Klein embraces a lively conversation with the reader to expose the forces behind Trump's success and explain why he is not an aberration but the product of our time--Reality TV branding, celebrity obsession and CEO-worship, Vegas and Guantanamo, fake news and vulture bankers all rolled into one. And she shares a bold vision, a clear-eyed perspective on how to break the spell of his shock tactics, counter the rising chaos and divisiveness at home and abroad, and win the world we need.
NAOMI KLEIN is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of the international bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent. In 2016 she was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize, for, according to the...
Title:No Is Not Enough: Resisting The New Shock Politics And Winning The World We NeedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.23 × 5.71 × 0.76 inPublished:June 5, 2017Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A timely call to action “If what is considered politically possible today consigns us to a future of climate chaos the day after tomorrow, then we have to change what’s politically possible.” Naomi Klein, <i>No Is Not Enough</i> p. 250 When I decided to read Naomi Klein's <i>No Is Not Enough</i>, I did not realise that it would be quite so immediately relevant to the current political situation. The notion that saying "no" was an insufficient way to counter destructive or terrible incumbent politicians is one that had been in the back of my mind since John Kerry failed to defeat George W. Bush in the 2004 US presidential election, revived by the surprise Conservative victory in the UK general election in 2015 (and, in contrast, by the success of Barack Obama in 2008 and the Liberal Party in the Canadian federal election, also in 2015 - campaigns with a clear positive message, whether I agree with them or not). I was interested in the idea that a positive message is the way forward. This is, in part, what Klein's book is about, but it's far from the only thing. It goes well beyond my own focus on elections to incorporate all kinds of political movement that might inspire change. And it is very much about the political situation that allowed Donald Trump to win the 2016 US presidential election, and how resistance is not enough - climate change means that we need to continue to make progress during this period, regardless how difficult the US administration makes that progress. In part, the focus on Trump is why it took me so long to read this book as there's only so much I can absorb each day. But slow as I was at reading it, there was a lot in here I needed to read. For starters, Klein addresses some of my problems with "optimistic" approaches to human progress. On page 70, she points out that the popular Martin Luther King Jr. quotation "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice" cannot apply to climate change. And yet, there is emphasis throughout that the response to the climate crisis needs to tackle all of the other problems too - racial, gender, and income inequality, and more besides - if it is going to be effective in solving our society's problems. The emphasis throughout is on finding connections between different movements, not letting one override the other - the solutions must intersect, just as the problems do. Earlier this year, I read Rebecca Solnit's <i>[book:Hope in the Dark|28048]</i>. <a href="">In my review of that book</a>, I mentioned that struggled with it in part because what looked hopeful in the mid-00s doesn't always look hopeful now. <i>No Is Not Enough</i> addressed many of these difficulties, discussing why movements became fractured after 9/11, that they had failed to put Obama under as much pressure as they should have done early in his presidency, when the Democrats controlled congress, and also how organizations are already doing better in the age of Trump. There's much of value in Solnit's book, but <i>No Is Not Enough</i> is an excellent follow-up for the contemporary world. <i>No Is Not Enough</i> is not perfect, of course. The tactics still seem to require getting involved in protest marches and putting pressure on the governments in ways that aren't easy for those of us in the countryside, who find crowds and social interaction difficult, or with precarious residency requirements. The Leap Manifesto, while interesting, is often vague on the details (many of which are provided in the text of this book, however). And, with a book as to-the-minute as this one, it's difficult not to be slightly out-of-date even by the time of publication. So when Klein mentions the (then forthcoming) June election in the UK, she calls it an opportunistic attempt by the Conservatives to exploit high poll ratings and an unpopular opponent, not knowing how that would backfire. It would have been interesting to read more of Klein's insights on the UK, especially given the extremely close gap between the Conservatives and Labour - it now looks like an excellent place to put pressure on a government-in-waiting to deliver big on the ideas behind the Leap Manifesto. This book is a timely call to action, although I'm not entirely certain what action I, personally, can take. Definitely an encouragement for those taking political action already; perhaps also a good one for people looking to get more involved. <a href="">I originally wrote this review for Goodreads</a>.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gifted activist hits home hard Undeniably the most gifted Canadian female author. A book written in three months, it was very enjoyable to read. One of the first books out following the inauguration of Trump, Klein tells us that there is hope and that starts with standing up for your beliefs. She continues to solidify her impressive bibliography with inwardly looking statements.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Klein at her best From start to finish, this book was an insightful stab at Neoliberalism and Trumpism. This is Naomi Klein at her best!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new gift to give There is so much information packed into a very readable format. This gives much needed background to help us understand how we got here and how important it is to understand and act on our part in the politics of our world. Canadians are not immune to Trump politics and this book helps us be a little less naive.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Very impressive, so much knowledge to take in
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! This book is a coming together of the major themes in three previous books by Naomi Klein: No Logo, Shock Doctrine, and This Changes Everything. The discussion of Trump as a brand is really interesting and insightful, and harkens back to No Logo. The book also explores both Trump and Pence in relation to "shock" tactics to try and pass through undesirable policies, and serves as a warning if we do experience a shock event (beyond the little ones that Trump creates daily, if not hourly sometimes). Finally, it is climate change that makes this moment - and confronting Trump - so urgent. An excellent, extremely readable and current book for our time.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from should make you angry Like all of Ms. Klein's books, this one should make you angry. It is a very left wing book but she has an interesting way of hooking things together. It is written very accessibly. Chapters are short. It's taken me longer to read than I want to, not for any other reason other than that I get too angry. I only wish it had an index at the back. The book was rushed to publication after Trump's election and it shows.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Insightful But Boring I love the subject matter but the way the book was written had me dozing off and thinking about other things.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not good Don't bother reading this book.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok but ... not as good as her first few books
Date published: 2017-07-23

Editorial Reviews

Longlisted for the National Book Award“No Is Not Enough is the absolute must-read book of the Trump era. Naomi Klein lays out exactly what we need to know about how we got here, and ends with a clarion call to channel our despair and outrage into action. This book is inspiring and energy-giving. Like a little sun.” —Emma Thompson“[A]nyone struggling for a place to even start making sense of Trump, and Trumpism, will find [No Is Not Enough] a book abounding in insight. . . . [Klein] is shrewd and savvy. . . . Naomi Klein holds out a cautious hope for the despairing age: an honest, prescriptive belief that people can unite in their opposition to Trumpism to build a better world.” —John Semley, author of This is a Book About the Kids in the Hall, The Globe and Mail“Buy No Is Not Enough and let Klein make her case.” —Heather Mallick, Toronto Star“No Is Not Enough is billed as a blueprint for resistance to the Trump agenda. And sure enough, it delivers, dissecting the Trump brand in many of its manifestations. . . . It’s thought-provoking stuff, and is all the more remarkable because this book was written in such a hurry. . . . Like Klein’s other books, this one brims with ideas rarely heard in the mainstream media. And her fiery, punchy writing style, which is occasionally laced with humour, makes it hard to put down.” —The Georgia Straight“Naomi Klein is magnificent, and in No Is Not Enough, she has forged a courageous coruscating counter-spell against the hegemonic nightmare that, if left unchecked, will devour us all.” —Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao   “Naomi Klein is a critically important thought-leader in these perilous times, a necessary voice as a courageous movement of movements rises from the ashes of the last election cycle. No Is Not Enough tells a compelling story about where we are, how we got here, and what we should do now. The book is a genuine page-turner—highly engaging and provocative—and provides a fascinating lens through which we can view our current moment. Klein is not preaching to the choir, but framing the moment, connecting necessary dots, and outlining the challenge that lies ahead in clear terms that anyone can understand.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness   “Naomi Klein is one of the few revolutionary public intellectuals of great integrity and vision. This new book confirms her crucial relevance and essential pertinence.” —Cornel West, author of Race Matters   “Urgent, timely, and necessary.” —Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor (Emeritus), MIT   “If you’re wondering how Naomi Klein has managed to produce an essential and gripping book so early in the Trump presidency, it’s because she’s spent her whole intellectual life preparing for just this moment. Trump is the ultimate logo. Every day we watch him try to exploit yet another shock to the system. So this is the book to read—not just the first word on Trump, but in powerful ways the last word as well.” —Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist   “Naomi Klein has written an ordinary person’s guide to hope. Read this book.” —Arundhati Roy, author of The End of Imagination    “Saying No to their shock doctrine is essential but insufficient. Naomi Klein’s new book incites us brilliantly to stiffen our lip, to overcome quickly their calculated shocks, and to interweave our No with a programmatic Yes. It is a manual for emancipation by means of the only weapon we have against orchestrated misanthropy: constructive disobedience.” —Yanis Varoufakis, DiEM25 co-founder, Professor of Economic Theory, University of Athens   “Naomi Klein shows us that the monstrosity of Donald Trump has not occurred in a vacuum but is the culmination of decades of unchecked economic inequality, racism, militarism, and war. As the shock of Trump as president gives way to anger and the determination to fight, No Is Not Enough makes an urgent intervention in emerging movements. It will take more than ‘resistance’ to beat Trumpism. We need history, politics, strategy, and, most importantly, the optimism that another world is possible. Klein has made a critical contribution to the developing opposition to Trump and the economic disorder that produced him.” —Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation   “Naomi Klein's books are ceaselessly illuminating, daring, and indispensable. As accessible as it is brilliant, No Is Not Enough is an essential blueprint for a worldwide counter-attack against right-wing corporate hegemony.” —Owen Jones, author of The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It   “From No Logo to The Shock Doctrine to This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein’s books have charted the harmful impact of surging corporate power on culture, jobs, peace, and the planet. In our current hellish situation, who better than Naomi to make sense of this madness, and help us find a way out? This book is a top-of-the-stack summer must-read.” —Michael Stipe, musician   “No Is Not Enough is Naomi Klein 2.0. It is the accumulation of years of brilliant and layered analysis applied with lightning precision to an understanding of how we got to Trump, and how we can use this moment to bring about another system and world. It is a potent stand for No—and a compelling vision of the Yes to come.” —Eve Ensler, author of In the Body of the World   “Naomi Klein has written a compelling book that we all need to read and act on. No Is Not Enough is an essential handbook for all people, especially young people, who want to understand the economic, social, and political forces that produced the current crisis we are facing—and how we can effectively organize to win a better world.” —Danny Glover, actor   “Naomi Klein constructs a common story that allows us to sustain the effects of being shocked. We can act upon that, with intelligence and happiness, to recover our world and the use of adjectives.” —Gael García Bernal, actor