Fences and Windows:
Dispatches from the front lines of the globalization debate
By Naomi Klein
Fences and Windows is not a typical book with a thesis and overall argument. It is a collection of articles and essays that Naomi Klein wrote for the various newspapers that she wrote for over the years. The articles are wonderfully written and concise. In addition, the book comprises of some of the speeches that Klein delivered over a three-year period. They are very thought-provoking and alarming at the same time.
It is difficult not to be very alarmed at our consumer culture. It is a culture of excesses and wastefulness. But it is also a culture of abuse. Globalization has reached the critical stage and large corporations have taken over our world, as Klein showed in her monumental book No Logo. As a philosopher, I have always worried about the state of our economy and how we have fallen prey to large companies. What is even worse is how much we feel we need to purchase and how we feel happiness can be bought. This is simply a false philosophy of life.
The thoughtful reader can expect to be moved, angered, engaged, frightened and shocked by what Klein discusses in these articles and snippets. Klein urges all of us not to remain silent and to try to do something about the state of our world. But what precisely we can do or are willing to do is a matter of individual conscience. We can each make a small difference by rethinking how we do things and especially how we think about all the important issues that Klein discusses.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth