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It couldn’t have happened at a worse time. An undemocratically elected moron in the White House and a sycophantic merchant in No.10 willing to use the tragedy of 11 September 2001 as a path out of European trade allegiances towards the ugly open arms of Uncle Sam.



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l Any second edition of Anita l Roddick’s excellent manual for the anti-global warrior will be something to see as it will no doubt have to address the emerging factions of new and old anti-war factions and how their presence affects the growing band of protesters.

Naomi Klein’s No Logo was undoubtedly the most talked about, if least-read book of last year, and now the ex-owner of the Body Shop chain attempts a more populist angle. She knows that to win wars you have to win minds and so Take It Personally (catchin subtitled ‘How Globalization Affects You And How To Fight Back’) sets out to define, explain, annotate and then direct the reader through the door marked ‘Act Now’.

It is a brave, intelligent, necessarily manipulative approach that must have kept the art department of the Body Shop’s PR company busy for months. This is one of the manual’s major problems; it looks just like a BS catalogue from its tangerine cover to its bold type, stunning photos and line-boxed quotations from the good and the gracious (King, Gandhi) as well as the stupid and misguided (G.W. Bush, Capone). Initially difficult to take things seriously, you find yourself searching for the advertisement for Manillan vanilla pod cream that will take the varicose veins out of your arse.

Roddick has nevertheless pulled off a remarkable feat, bringing together the collected essays of some of the oldest and newest brilliant alternative voices in the five sections of the book: Activism, People, Development, Environment and Money. In the first section, Paul Hawken kicks things off with a fascinating

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Naomi Klein follows with the defining ‘Welcome To The Net Generation’ which jettisons agit-prop apathy with hubs and spokes analogies. Roddick herself has written huge sections of the book; a gifted and intelligent writer, her passion and belief shine through even the most overpowering of supporting evidence, not least in her excellent homage to the remarkable WW”. “1":5'» <‘-" Ralph Nader. "ll/‘7'”

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