The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists

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Naomi Klein
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Friday, Jul 13, 2018

In 78 short pages, Klein explains the challenges facing Puerto Ricans before, during, and after Hurricane Maria. We know from spotty news coverage that many are still without power and water, but Klein presents the even bigger threat posed by billionaires that want to turn Puerto Rico into a tax haven paradise. Complete with surfing and support from local government officials.

Meanwhile, native Puerto Ricans remain committed to a self-sufficient island that produces its own food and solar power on a micro-grid system that protects from outages. They are building resilience and hope for independence from its colonial roots.

There’s a lesson for all of us in The Battle for Paradise from the change-makers who call Hurricane Maria their biggest teacher.

Written by Helen H.

Fun fact: I adore furry faces.