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Klein’s clangers

Anti-globalisation celebrity Naomi Klein is all that is left of revolutionary socialism when it loses its intellectual and organisational discipline.

By Martin Wolf   February 2003

Book: Fences and Windows Author: Naomi Klein Price: Flamingo, £8.99

Naomi Klein is a celebrity. The author of the bestseller, “No Logo”, is a pied piper to a generation of anti-globalisation protesters. In that book, she argued that corporate brandlords exploit the world’s poor to provide the products rich westerners have been trained to crave. She married Veblen’s views of conspicuous consumption to Marx’s analysis of capitalist exploitation, thereby connecting the dissatisfaction of the spoiled children of the west to the ills of global inequality, corporate power and environmental degradation. The argument was arrogant, paranoid and wrong. But it was…

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