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Naomi Klein Is Really Worried About What Trump and His People Would Do if They Had a Major Shock to Exploit

The award-winning journalist discusses the future of resistance and her new book.

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Since Donald Trump's election last November, the U.S. has undergone a wave of protests the likes of which haven't been seen since the civil rights movement. On the Laura Flanders show this week, author and award-winning journalist Naomi Klein discussed this surge in activism, as well as the potentially calamitous effects of Trump's presidency, a subject she explores in depth in her new book, No Is Not Enough.

Klein noted that she wrote the book much quicker than her other works, like The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, because she wanted to provide readers with a blueprint for resistance before a Trump-induced shock occurs. 

"I'm really worried about what this configuration of figures could do if they had an internal shock to exploit," she said.

In the interview, and in her book, Klein debunks the myth that capitalism can raise all boats, and examines how neoliberalism has exacerbated income inequality across the world. She also analyzes the way Trump has exploited capitalism's trappings in his dizzying rise to power.

Speaking with Flanders, Klein said she was heartened by the successes of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party campaign and the Movement for Black Lives, both of which she considers people-led movements. She discussed the work she did for Leap last year during Canada's federal election campaign, which produced a manifesto of the group's goals and outlook. 

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Celisa Calacal is a junior writing fellow for AlterNet. She is a senior journalism major and legal studies minor at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Previously she worked at ThinkProgress and served as an editor for Ithaca College's student newspaper. Follow her at @celisa_mia.

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