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An Interview with Naomi Klein


From: Crisis and Contagion


In this chapter, Ian McKay interviews Naomi Klein about issues relating to COVID-19. Since No Logo in 1999, Naomi Klein has been a must-read for everybody interested in how our planet and its peoples have been transformed by neoliberal capitalism. The Shock Doctrine (2007) focused on how, in conditions of socioeconomic turmoil, elites are able to implement far-reaching plans that seem to be responses to crisis but in fact work to secure their own narrow interests. This Changes Everything: Capitalism Versus the Climate (2014) picked up this theme, emphasizing how a neoliberal order was, in effect, “now at war with many forms of life on earth, including human life.” This theme is also echoed by Pope Francis in his most recent writings, which is indicative of Naomi’s global reach.



Ian McKay

Ian McKay is the L.R. Wilson Chair in Canadian History at McMaster University and the author of the award-winning Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890–1920 and the co-author of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in the Age of Anxiety.