Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit is an activist  and author of many books, including the just published, Men Explain Things to Me (Dispatch Books, Haymarket Books). Her first essay for TomDispatch.com turned into the book Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, since translated into eight languages. Other previous books include: The Faraway Nearby, A Paradise Built in Hell, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, The Battle of The Story of the Battle in Seattle (with her brother David), and Storming The Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics. She is a contributing editor to Harper's Magazine.

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 Greta Thunberg arrives in New York after a 15-day journey crossing the Atlantic. (Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Welcome to the US, Greta. With Your Help We Can Save the Planet and Ourselves
Dear Greta, Thank you for travelling across the Atlantic to north America to help us do the most important work in the world. There are those of us who welcome you and those who do not because you have landed in two places, a place being born and a place dying, noisily, violently, with as much...
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Friday, June 07, 2019
The Curious Case of Elizabeth Warren and the "Charter School Lobbyist" Who Wasn't
The Internet is a costume party in which everyone comes dressed in an opinion, or rather dozens of them or an endless array, one right after another. An opinion is, traditionally or at least ideally, a conclusion reached after weighing the evidence, but that takes time and so people are dashing...
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Students from the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement during a climate change protest in London on 15 February. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA) Views
Friday, March 15, 2019
Thank you, Climate Strikers. Your Action Matters and Your Power Will Be Felt
I want to say to all the climate strikers today: thank you so much for being unreasonable. That is, if reasonable means playing by the rules, and the rules are presumed to be guidelines for what is and is not possible, then you may be told that what you are asking for is impossible or unreasonable...
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Being considered a person who should be believed – is foundational to one’s standing as a member of a family, of a university, of a workplace, of a society. (Photo:  Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 01, 2018
Dear Christine Blasey Ford: You Are a Welcome Earthquake
Dear Dr Christine Blasey Ford, I am writing to thank you. No matter how harrowing your experience, no matter what the US Senate does in the weeks to come, you have achieved something profound in its power and impact, something that benefits all of us. For there are two arenas in which your words...
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Thursday, March 08, 2018
Feminists Have Slowly Shifted Power. There’s No Going Back
This International Women’s Day comes five months after the revelations about Harvey Weinstein ’s long campaign of misogynist punishments of women first broke, and with them more things broke. Excuses broke. Silence was broken. The respectable appearance of a lot of institutions broke. You could say...
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Friday, January 20, 2017
We Could’ve Avoided President Donald Trump. Now, We Must Learn the Lessons
The road to President Trump was long and bumpy. There were many turns not taken, countless alternative routes that would have spared us this outcome. Instead, we kept going, corruption, infighting and sheer obliviousness stopping us changing course. What could have been different? There are a...
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Thursday, December 29, 2016
Another, More Beautiful America is Rising. Trump Will Be Resisted
The time when you don’t need hope is when your hopes have been fulfilled. Hope is for when you don’t have what you need and for when things are not OK. It is the belief that liberation might be possible that motivates you to make it more possible, and pursuing hope even when it doesn’t lead to the...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The US Election Recount Is a Long Shot – But the Alternative Is Catastrophe
When big changes and dangers arise, you have to think big. You don’t put out a forest fire with a glass of water. Thinking small can prevent you from even recognizing trouble, let alone your options for overcoming it. There’s never been a time when thinking big matters more than now. Many across...
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Monday, November 07, 2016
Whether Trump or Clinton Wins the US Election, What Follows Is Up To Us
Presidential elections are a form of madness that comes over us once every four years. They fit the great-man or -woman narrative of history, seducing us into forgetting how powerful we are. They erase our memory of grassroots power, direct democracy and civil society. Leaders beget followers;...
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Sunday, November 06, 2016
The 2000 Election Unleashed Disaster on the World. We Can’t Let that Happen Again in 2016.
T he horror of those days haunts me still. Some of us thought that a terrible danger loomed if the Republican Party took charge. Others hated the Democratic administration so much that they insisted there was no difference between George Bush and Al Gore. That was true when it came to free trade...
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