This week in the Phoenix, Wen Stephenson profiles Naomi Klein -- "black-clad and sharp-tongued mistress of the global anti-corporate left, friend to Occupiers and scourge of oil barons" -- as she turns her attention to the cause of climate justice. Below is a longer excerpt from their conversation -- about Klein's alliance with 350.
months ago, New York City cops were dragging Occupy Wall Street
activists through the streets and parks of lower Manhattan. In a
series of brutal assaults on civil liberties and skulls alike,
officers appeared to be abiding orders barked by sadistic brass
monkeys who were more interested in suppressing speech than they were
with keeping peace.
There's nothing that anyone reading this post could've done to prevent
the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Someone (or a group of
someones) with a lot of responsibility fucked up, finger pointing
ensued, and in all actuality, people may be better served saving their
breath. The irrevocable damage has been done and one of the richest
ecosystems on our increasingly faltering planet is now tainted beyond repair