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Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein


Base your essay on the Introduction and Part One in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein, pages 1-160 (Chapters 1 to 5)

1. Summarize and explore the implications of Klein´s key arguments in this section of the book

2. Compare and contrast these with the Age of Sustainable Development book: what are key convergences or divergences between them?

3. Find interviews with Naomi Klein on the Democracy Now website ( (Links to an external site.), which has its own search mechanism) and talks given by her available on Youtube; how do these interviews and talks enhance your understanding of Naomi Klein´s book and its origins in previous books she has written?

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In this introductory and first part of the book, Klein sets the stage for development of her thesis, which is that it is impossible to addresses the problem of climate change with current structure of many economies. The author argues that capitalism, as it is, will continue to fuel the disaster of climate change.

In the introductory bit tilted “ One Way or Another, Everything Changes,” Klein observes that failure to act will only lead to losses, not and in the future because whether we like it or not, the climate is changing, greenhouse gases are being emitted and pollutants continue to fill the air. Our pretence, or shirking, does not change that fact. After the introduction follows the first part of the book titled “Bad Timing” which has five chapters. The main point of this first part of the book is to remind that though we have squandered the opportunity to right this wrong in the past, it is not too late to start (Klein, 2014). In fact with capitalism being stronger than ever, it is just the time to be awaken the zeal and stop pretending that we cannot see the problem of climate change, yet it is happen all around us.

In the first chapter titled “The Right Is Right,” the author calls for a revolution and a radical shift in thinking so that people can see the high price of capitalism, which can be demonstrated by the heavy, toll it takes on the environment. Arguing passionately, Klein urges for an end to passivity, saying that all should demand action on climate change. In the second chapter called “Hot Money,” the author reveals how the economies of free market mechanisms have lead to overheating of the planet. The author argues that trade deal cutting has always been accompanied by various climate agreements. However, the parties to such contracts always fail to see to it that they are implemented, thanks to crony capitalism which focuses on profit maximization and regards negative environmental impacts as just negative externalities.

In the third to topic title “Public and Paid For,” the author offers a radical solution: polluters should pay for polluting so that it can act as a disincentive for their ill activities. The author goes ahead to name perennial polluters, among them corporations, governmental departments – like the department of defense – and the highly rich, noting that they pollute heavily. A tax on pollution upon their head would be appropriate. In the fourth chapter called “Planning and Banning,” Klein insists that the allocation efficiency of the market cannot be