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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Will our age of climate change also be an era of civil and international conflict? (Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters) Views
Monday, April 07, 2014
Call Climate Change What It Is: Violence
If you're poor, the only way you're likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car. But if you're tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without...
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Evacuate the Economy (or By the Way, Your Home Is On Fire)
As the San Francisco bureaucrats on the dais murmured about why they weren’t getting anywhere near what we in the audience passionately hoped for, asked for, and worked for, my mind began to wander. I began to think of another sunny day on the other side of the country 13 years earlier, when nothing happened the way anyone expected. I had met a survivor of that day who told me his story.
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Monday, December 23, 2013
The Future Needs Us
North American cicada nymphs live underground for 17 years before they emerge as adults.
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Monday, October 07, 2013
The Age of Inhuman Scale: On the 'Bigness' of Climate Change
Late last week, in the lobby of a particularly unglamorous downtown San Francisco building, a group of passionate but polite activists met with a bureaucrat who stepped forward to hear what they had to say about the fate of the Earth.
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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Joy Arises, Rules Fall Apart: Thoughts for the Second Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street
I would have liked to know what the drummer hoped and what she expected. We’ll never know why she decided to take a drum to the central markets of Paris on October 5, 1789, and why, that day, the tinder was so ready to catch fire and a drumbeat was one of the sparks.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The Good News? We're Going to Chevron
I’m going to Chevron Saturday.
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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Emerging From Darkness: An Open Letter to Edward Snowden
Dear Edward Snowden, Billions of us, from prime ministers to hackers, are watching a live espionage movie in which you are the protagonist and perhaps the sacrifice. Your way forward is clear to no one, least of all, I'm sure, you.
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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Prometheus Among the Cannibals: A Letter to Edward Snowden
Dear Edward Snowden, Billions of us, from prime ministers to hackers, are watching a live espionage movie in which you are the protagonist and perhaps the sacrifice. Your way forward is clear to no one, least of all, I’m sure, you.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Welcome to the (Don’t Be) Evil Empire
Finally, journalists have started criticizing in earnest the leviathans of Silicon Valley, notably Google, now the world’s third-largest company in market value. The new round of discussion began even before the revelations that the tech giants were routinely sharing our data with the National Security Agency, or maybe merging with it.
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Monday, May 20, 2013
What Comes After Hope
Ten years ago, my part of the world was full of valiant opposition to the new wars being launched far away and at home -- and of despair.
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