Thursday, May 12, 2016

Naomi Klein Goes Postal

William Watson highlights a particularly kooky component of Naomi Klein's loopy "Leap" manifesto:
I hadn't realized how instrumental Canada Post will be in our Great Leap Away from fossil fuels. It will be "the hub," she [Naomi Klein] says, "for our transition to the post-carbon economy," which may be why the Canadian Union of Postal Workers was one of The Leap's first signatories.
In the Klein Plan, disemployed oilsands workers will be re-trained to install solar panels on Canada Post's and most other public buildings...
Ronald Reagan often said the nine most terrifying words in the English language were "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
Not even Reagan could have imagined people would one day be saying "We're form the post office and we're going to save the climate."
Of all the cockamamie plans to "save" the planet, that one may be the cockamamiest.

Update: The postal union states its mission in startlingly Marxist terms:
CUPW is committed to transforming the social and economic order according to the interests and aspirations of workers. 
We take on and support many campaigns and issues related to workers’ struggles, both nationally and internationally. 
Workers of the word unite, eh?

I guess for some Utopians that never gets old.

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