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The Danger of Inspiration: A Review of On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal

Robert Jensen

A decent human future—perhaps any human future at all—depends on our ability to come to terms with these limits.

The most prominent in the United States is the Green New Deal’s call for legislation that recognizes the severity of the ecological crises while advocating economic equality and social justice.

The problem is that the Green New Deal does rely on one bit of magical thinking—the techno-optimism that emerges from the modern world’s underlying technological fundamentalism, defined as the faith that the use of evermore advanced technology is always a good thing.

Klein rejects the notion that simply improving efficiency will solve our problems, a common assumption of the techno-optimists.