Naomi Klein, Coronavirus Capitalism, and a People’s Bailout Now!

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The Leap LogoI can’t help saying it: since our last episode of Change Everything, everything has changed. Before the pandemic descended, we were exploring the right of every person to a safe and sustainable home. Now, those of us lucky enough to have homes are sheltering in them — and the world outside is profoundly different.

But the fight to guarantee everyone a decent home continues. And so do our many struggles to forge a better world out of crisis.

You’ve already heard from us about our new People’s Bailout project: mapping out a response to the pandemic that builds from emergency to transformation. For our first podcast episode in this new landscape, we take a step back and examine the big picture — and who better to guide us than The Leap’s co-founder Naomi Klein.

Listen to the new podcast episode here, featuring Naomi Klein on the political perils and opportunities of the pandemic.

EPISODE SUMMARY
For our first podcast episode of the pandemic, we take a step back and examine the big picture — and who better to guide us than The Leap’s co-founder Naomi Klein. In a wide-ranging conversation, we explore the perils and possibilities of this political moment, from the unprecedented ways that Silicon Valley is benefiting from the pandemic, to the radicalizing power of “essential work.”
EPISODE NOTES
We need a People’s Bailout: a response to the pandemic that builds from emergency to transformation. For our first podcast episode in this new landscape, we take a step back and examine the big picture — and who better to guide us than The Leap’s co-founder Naomi Klein [@NaomiAKlein].

Naomi has been immersed in exciting new research and analysis on what disaster capitalism looks like in a time of pandemic, contagion, and surveillance, and how social movements and new labor organizing are pointing to ways out of the crisis. In this episode, she explores some of it publicly and in depth for the first time. From the unprecedented ways that Silicon Valley is benefiting from the pandemic, to the radicalizing power of “essential work,” it’s a wide-ranging conversation on the perils and opportunities of this political moment.

For more on what a People’s Bailout could look like, check out peoplesbailout.ca.

Special thanks to Aluma Sound for our theme music. Please support this podcast by contributing to our Patreon account, and read more about The Leap.

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