“Denialists are dead wrong about the science. But they understand something the left still doesn’t get about the revolutionary meaning of climate change.”
Interesting analysis by Naomi Klein on the political debate over climate and capitalism. She is brilliant at explaining how in the US the climate debate has become a battleground which has nothing to do with the science of climate change but all with the effects on lifestyles if the necessary policies to tackle the climate crisis would be implemented. She also makes a valid critique of the “appeasement” strategy of many in the environmental movement who believe we can deal with the problem without a radical overhaul of economic practices and structures.
Where I feel she falls back in her progressive romanticism is when she sees the new Occupy Wallstreet movement as the new “proletariat” ready to save the world. My own view is that it is way too early to see how this very welcome and necessary protest will evolve in the future. Although I agree with her analysis that we will need to question a lot of the current “freemarket solutions” and rethink stronger (but hopefully smarter) government, I do not believe we will be able to transition to the sustainability age by antagonising the corporate sector. What we need is new alliances with those businesses who start to understand that the current path of capitalism is also undermining their long-term future.