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No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need

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“This 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. And it’s a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radical
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Published June 13th 2017 by Knopf Canada
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Colin Marks Yep, Power Pasta is right, I just added a review that I received as an ARC. Most books give out several hundred copies at least - it gives the book ma…moreYep, Power Pasta is right, I just added a review that I received as an ARC. Most books give out several hundred copies at least - it gives the book marketing momentum on launch day.(less)
Keith Magee I recall some a token reference to Chavez times though nothing meaningful that elaborates on the current political, economical and social situation th…moreI recall some a token reference to Chavez times though nothing meaningful that elaborates on the current political, economical and social situation there. I would be keen on Kleins take on the current situation given the vested interest in benefiting from oil revenues by both the Venezuelan government and multinationals and how the war for this is being masked as a battle (maybe one of the last?) of the political ideologies of socialism vs capitalism. (less)

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May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, recs, 2017
Emphatic and urgent, No Is Not Enough imagines how America’s emerging progressive supermajority might reclaim electoral power and build a greater society. Klein’s thesis is lucid: Trump’s not an aberration in national politics but the logical endpoint of neoliberal rule, personifying everything from corporate greed to unapologetic white supremacy and male entitlement. Condensing the concepts of the author’s first three works, the book analyzes the far-right’s all-out assault on civil liberties a ...more
Naomi Klein, sometime in the early 2000s, became widely seen as a voice for the movement of movements, the anti-corporate globalisation movement that demonstrated such power in confronting the WTO and other institutions of global capitalism in the late 1990s and early 2000s. As so often happens in these kinds of cases, it was hard not to get the impression that as a journalist and analyst she was expected also to provide solutions – of the here’s your ten-point programme for the revolution kind ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book does a lot to confirm my biases. For instance, I’ve decided that both sides of American politics have abandoned any real belief in democracy, the only difference being that the Democrats still talk as if they believed the democratic project was ongoing, even while they hand over whatever is important in the public sphere to the free market – Obama’s disgraceful support for Charter Schools, being merely one ignoble instance in 8 years crowded with his support for corporate greed over pu ...more
Leo Robertson
Jun 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
I will normally only allow myself to be depressed by a Naomi Klein book with about the frequency that she writes them, but seems like this half-decade's getting a double whammy!! #HopeIDontKillMyself ...more

Description: "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 wh
Mario the lone bookwolf
I am not going to overthrow the American government; corporations have already done that!" John Trudell

Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. Just if you might be interested.

There have been a few bizarre US presidents and governments. One could almost speak of the intention to reduce the political interest by the offices are increasingly ridiculed. This easily generated disenchantment with politics reveals many benefits. When nobody cares and gets involved, th
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
What I liked: the section about superbrands, and their role in politics.
- the idea of 'shock politics' and exploiting moments of crisis to roll back democratic rights was interesting, although I'd have appreciated more in-depth exploring of this happening in various case examples (Chile in the 70s, Russia in the 90s, etc.)
- 'culture jamming' was a new term to me and I can see how it could be an effective mode of non-violent resistance.
- the book is very current (for example, she writes about h
Tom Quinn
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Another in the march of books hoping to explain the rise of Donald Trump. I already agreed with most of what she outlines here so I was able to skim the early chapters. How bemusing to realize: this stuff is CURRENT EVENTS. For all the ink spilled over Trump, Trumpism, corporate encroachment into US politics, and so on, one might think this was some long-past history being analyzed with the benefit of hindsight. But no, this is the here and now and we're all scrambling to keep up.

3 stars out of
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
My Key Takeaway: Advocate what you are for, not what you're against. Voice it.

This is such a contentious issue that I don't think most people will read it. I was a bit hesitant, but I have to say that while this is a progressive, left-leaning book, Klein does an excellent job supporting her position, whether you agree with it or not.

This is more interested in framing the problems that led to where the US, and the world, stands in regards to governance. The decisions we make as populations by our
Lucy Dacus
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This took me two years to read because I had to set it down whenever I felt my heart rate rise. It is deeply frustrating to learn more facts about Trump, his past, and his current administration. But what I love about the book is exactly what the title poses- saying "no" to it is not as useful as saying "yes" to possible solutions and futures. Klein, along with wise cultural leaders that she works with and credits, has many concrete ideas and requests for anyone to opt into, which feels unfortun ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Klein's book is a timely look at what Donald Trump has done in the presidential office in just a few months, as well as in previous years, and how we might be able to triumph over his policies. She analyzes his use of branding, his obsession with winning and wealth, and his approach to wars and fossil fuels; most are connected to one another and are likely to exacerbate the problems throughout the world, such as refug
Auntie Terror
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The theoretical parts are clever, the anecdotes I could have done without. [Prtf]
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Naomi Klein writes books that I will drop everything to read and 'No' is no exception. First she breaks down why everything is awful and then builds you back up with why it doesn't *have* to be awful. Wonderful ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
No Is Not Enough reads like an expanded magazine article. Naomi Klein is a gifted writer who is able to convey issues that span the particular to the universal. She studiously avoids jargon, which works for her writing.

This book places Trumpismo as a natural outcome of four decades of neoliberalism, resulting in gross economic inequality, resource wars, de-democratization, and climate disruption culminating in much greater precariousness in the lives of average citizens. Klein deconstructs Trump
Sep 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
I will almost certainly never read another book by Naomi Klein. She is infuriating, pompous, condescending, opinionated (a very bad trait in someone who calls herself a journalist), and self-aggrandizing. I expected this book to be mostly a re-hash of all the horrible things we know about Trump, and it was. But Klein's gratuitous swipes at Hillary Clinton were pointless. She whines that people like her have been blamed for Clinton's loss, and well they should be. Sure Sanders had some good ideas ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was one of the better post-Trump books that I've read. Klein has been at this for a while and she connects several of her earlier theories to the current climate--the shock doctrine, neoliberalism, climate change etc.

But I've never been able to fully connect with her vision and at the end of the book I figured out why. She believes in utopia and she wants to govern accordingly. She was a big Sanders supporter. I was a tepid Clinton supporter. I understand the problems with neoliberalism, b
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is maddening. I have read articles by Naomi Klein before, but not her books, and thought I should. Her message is pretty direct: (1) Donald Trump is not an aberration, but the culmination of trends she has described in her previous books, including the rise of branding, the triumph of neoliberalism, and neoliberalism's use of shock tactics to advance bad laws and policies that democracy normally blocks; (2) It's going to get worse under Trump before it gets better; (3) We're in this me ...more
Written with impressive speed after Trump won the US presidency, ‘No is Not Enough’ surprised me by being the most encouraging thing I’ve yet read on the subject. Fittingly, I read it during the weekend, when I have a policy of completely avoiding the news. Regular breaks from the endless slew of Trump and Brexit horrors are essential for basic wellbeing, in my view. In the first section, Klein basically synthesises a thousand thinkpieces I’ve read over the past year, to conclude that Trump’s vi ...more
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge Naomi Klein fan. I always feel angry at the state of the world when I read her books, but importantly she never makes me feel hopeless. There is always a motivational rallying cry offered that proffers the possibility of change if only enough people want it enough - sadly it appears we haven't reached the critical mass required yet. Regardless, she makes me feel energised for the battle and willing to make the changes I can in the choices I make and the way I choose to live.
I always
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
While every other book focuses on the shocking behavior we have all witnessed since trump took office, Klein focused on how Trump uses shock to preform a magic trick of sorts. While we are looking at the reality show playing out before our eyes, Trump is slipping policy right past us. No author is better at describing this process than Klein. She makes important connections that most other authors fail to detect. Reading this resulted in the satisfying experience of watching someone pull back th ...more
Klein keeps getting better…

Preamble on Klein:
--From her earlier works No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies and The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, I characterized Klein’s greatest strength as opening the door to critiques of capitalism for center-liberal/young/casual consumers in Western countries.
--After all, “the Rise of Disaster Capitalism” (describing neoliberalism) seems a tad melodramatic given the global history of capitalism, a history that required smashing superio
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
My goal is to read all of Naomi Klein. Passionate, smart, incisive in her analyses of what's happening politically--but beyond politics--in the world.

This book is ultimately extremely hopeful. After an analysis not only of Trump but of the reasons for his win: not an aberration but a culmination of the American dream.

But toward the end, Klein describes the coming together of many different groups, representing climate crisis, racism, workers, health care, to form a coalition offering a vision
Joachim Stoop
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Naomi Klein delivers one or two books per decade that are quintessential in facing the state of the world and the stride against injustice against people and our planet.

She is always so well documented, nuanced, pugnacious. And she writes in a very clear, understandable manner.

Read her books, because they are the most important and urgent ones around.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Naomi Klein is so effortlessly readable - surprisingly so, with the intensity of the topics she covers. This books manages to stoke even more fury at where the world is heading, before leaving you with hope: it's not over yet. ...more
"No one movement can win on its own."
"When they come for one, they come for us all."

"Because shock tactics rely on the public becoming disoriented by fast-moving events, they tend to backfire most spectacularly in places where there is a strong collective memory of previous instances when fear and trauma were exploited to undermine democracy. Those memories serve as a kind of shock absorber, providing populations with shared reference points that allow them to name what's happening and fight bac
Naomi Klein has remarkable staying power -- for 20 years she has been the go-to for lefty North American youth, who continue to give her the sort of reverence normally reserved for YASS QUEEN screenshots of tweets.

This was fine. Nothing new to be gained for me, but I'm on the fuck-you socialist left, and I have nothing but contempt for the sort of bourgeois #resist types who care more about civility than, you know, an organized and politically powerful working class. So Naomi Klein and I are bou
66th book for 2017.

I have had a mixed feelings about Klein's books, but I really enjoyed this one. Her analysis of Trumpism seems spot on, and very much like that her arguments that any counter-resistance has to offer a positive vision, and not just be anti-Trump.

Will probably mostly appeal to those on the progressive-side of the Democratic Party.
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
As Naomi Klein states, "we need, somehow, to fight defense and offense simultaneously - to resist the attacks of the present day and to find space to build the future we need. To say say no and yes at the same time."

An absorbing and worthwhile read. There are no easy answers. Radical change is necessary if we want to move forward in hope and create a more equal society.

Roman Clodia
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The left-wing almost-wins of the past two years are not defeats. They are the first tremors of a profound ideological realignment from which a progressive majority could well emerge - just as geopolitically significant as the rise of authoritarianism and neo-fascism on the right side of the spectrum.'

Although this has been driven locally by Trump's election, Klein's analysis has global relevance outside of the US. While much of the book is a depressing analysis of how neoliberalism has fostered
Sep 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
I put this down at the halfway mark. The text itself is just too superficial - it doesn't really cover any one thing in depth - and I've reached my saturation point with Trump and America. On to more interesting work. ...more
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Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, documentary filmmaker and author of the international bestsellers No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. She is a senior correspondent for The Intercept and her writing appears widely in such publications as The New York T

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“The author and intellectual Cornel West has said that 'justice is what love looks like in public.' I often think that neoliberalism is what lovelessness looks like as policy.” 12 likes
“A state of shock is produced when a story is ruptured… Trump is not a rupture at all, but rather the culmination – the logical end point – of a great many dangerous stories our culture has been telling for a very long time. That greed is good. That the market rules. That money is what matters in life. That white men are better than the rest. That the natural world is there for us to pillage. That the vulnerable deserve their fate and the one percent deserve their golden towers. That anything public or commonly held is sinister and not worth protection. That we are surrounded by danger and should only look after our own. That there is no alternative to any of this.” 10 likes
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