I see your point, bob. In defense of PP, however, “Anti-Consumerist” is put in quotation marks. Perhaps part of the idea is that this person (and others like her) claim to be against “mountains of wasted time, money, energy and resources”, but actually use enormous resources (what is the fossil fuel consumption required to heat a huge, high-ceiling loft in Toronto for one person?) and appear to be rather more concerned with feeling superior to others than they are with saving resources?[/quote]
The title is apropos. Naomi Klein is a holier-than-thou shyster, a poseur who loudly proclaims her anti-consumerist dogma without having put it or herself (as a proponent) to full scrutiny. I particularly like this part, which is like a stake through the heart:
You see, the whole downtown loft-conversion and condo-building boom in Toronto is a very positive thing, as it increases population densities and reduces suburban sprawl. These are, erm…good things. Environmentally, socially, you name it. Postwar suburban sprawl in North America has been devastating by virtually every metric you care to apply to it, save, perhaps, for the fact that little Johnny can swim in his own pool in his own backyard. But that never occurs to Ms. Klein, who is more concerned with her hipster status and the fact that the masses are encroaching upon her beloved avant garde. She is not only a hypocrite, but the fact that this most obvious of criticisms leveled at her flew by her radar when she claims to be an environmentally-conscious, socially active “progressive” renders her, by any reasonable estimation, an idiot.
Or fartknocker, if you will.