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

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  6,954 ratings  ·  951 reviews
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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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Knopf Canada (first published June 7th 2017)
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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…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…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, 2017, favorites
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 and the ...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
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
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

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
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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 car
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 a
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.

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Peter Mcloughlin
I haven't read Naomi Klein before but her ideas around branding and disaster capitalism and the shock doctrine are key to understanding what is happening to us. Especially how all the forces that have been dragging down democracy for the past fifty years have culminated in the person of Donald J. Trump. He is the naked embodiment of every bad political trend and instinct of the right in one man. Klein doesn't merely leave depressed and bewildered by the ugly forces arrayed against ordinary peopl ...more
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 choice of leadership an
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, s
Auntie Terror
The theoretical parts are clever, the anecdotes I could have done without. [Prtf]
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
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
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
Grady McCallie
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
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
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
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 a
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.
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.
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 superior Indian and Chines/>Preamble
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
"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
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A compelling read. I did find it a little preachy in places which, although I tend to agree with what she says, makes me feel uncomfortable. I don't think there is one single answer or one root cause to the problems in the world today but I think the general change Klein is promoting sounds really sensible and plausible. Definitely worth a read.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Naomi Klein does not deliver the agenda that the book’s title implies. She covers material you will already know if you follow the news and/or her previous writing.

There is plenty on how Trump did not come from nowhere. She shows his genesis in Ronald Reagan nurturing anti-government attitudes and Democrats, dominated by corporate interests, offering very little for the people to vote for.

Klein draws on her earlier work to show how Trump epitomizes the "shock doctrine:" His election, policies,
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
In this book, Klein explains how our life is ruled and dominated by brands. Brands that have nothing to do with quality, but are all about the name and all about making money for a small group of people. The big brands do not sell products, they sell their name, that is put on a product that they have very little to do with it’s manufacturing.

“a race toward weightlessness; whoever owned the least, had the fewest employees on the payroll and produced the most powerful images as oppose
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
OK re-cap of her Shock Doctrine research and the run-up to the 2016 election. I do take issue with her repeated use of the term "Trumpism," which IMO linguistically absolves the Republican party from the decaying shitshow it's been ever since the Southern Strategy. Too many liberals seem to truly believe that if Trump goes away, things will go back to normal. "Normal" was rotten to begin with.

Anyway, it was a fine enough polemic on the neoliberal order, but it was a tough slog on aud
Leo Walsh
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read. If you're a progressive whose been afraid to dream, afraid as the Koch-brothers/ Mercer. Adelson-etc. billionaire wrecking crew fund populist campaigns that leverage racism and "Christianity," winning, and using those elected officials to screw the electorate (99% of whom who need help) while helping the already wealthy elites. read this.

Progressives need to halt Trump. He's taken this populist race-baiting to the next level. And he's threatening to dismantle the state apparatus of
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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 Times, Le Monde, The Guardian and The Nation, where she is a contributing editor. Klein iand Theas The
“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.” 10 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 face 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.” 7 likes
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