Naomi Klein – Into the Mirror World | How To Academy

Sun, 9 June 2024

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm BST

Naomi Klein – Into the Mirror World

Live In Conversation with Moya Lothian-McLean

The author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo joins us for a very personal journey down the conspiracy rabbit hole and investigates why our politics has become so dangerously warped.

When Naomi Klein discovered that a woman who shared her first name, but had radically different, harmful views, was getting chronically mistaken for her, it seemed too ridiculous to take seriously.

Then suddenly it wasn’t. She started to find herself grappling with a distorted sense of reality, becoming obsessed with reading the threats on social media, the endlessly scrolling insults from the followers of her doppelganger. Why had her shadowy other gone down such an extreme path? Why was identity – all we have to meet the world – so unstable?

To find out, Klein decided to follow her double into a bizarre mirror world: one of conspiracy theories, anti-vaxxers and hucksters, where wellness influencers make common cause with fire-breathing far right propagandists.

She joins journalist Moya Lothian-McLean live in London to lift the lid on this surreal moment, explore why our politics has become so polarised, and ask what we can do to escape this collective vertigo and get back to fighting for what really matters.

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Praise for Naomi Klein’s Doppleganger:

This book is as foreboding as a guide through the maze of mirrors of the modern right should be. But it’s not only that: Naomi Klein has made Doppelganger gripping and scintillating, too. — China Mieville

‘If I had to name a single book that makes sense of these last few dark years, it would be this one’ – New York Times

‘A deeply compelling read … urgent and necessary’ – Evening Standard

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Naomi Klein

Award-winning Author and Activist

Naomi Klein is the award-winning author of international bestsellers including This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine, No Logo, No Is Not Enough, and On Fire, which have been published in more than thirty-five languages. She is an associate professor in the department of geography at the University of British Columbia, the founding co-director of UBC’s Centre of Climate Justice, and an honorary professor of Media and Climate at Rutgers University. Her writing has appeared in leading publications around the world, and she has just launched a regular column for The Guardian.

Moya Lothian-McLean

Political Journalist and Broadcaster

Moya Lothian-McLean is a political journalist and broadcaster. She is currently a Contributing Editor at Novara Media.