Raj Patel: Messiah? Or Sydney Writers Festival guest…?

Value-of-Nothing_0So you may have heard about author Raj Patel being deemed a Messiah by a religious group after appearing on The Colbert Report recently. Well I have heard more exciting rumours, that Patel – the author of The Value of Nothing – will be gracing our shores at Sydney Writers Festival this year. The program for the festival, which runs May 17 to 23 will be available on the SWF website on Friday April 9. If the rest of the writers are as enlightening (enlightened?) as Patel, it sounds like it’s going to be a great and important festival.

I haven’t yet read The Value of Nothing, but it sounds wonderful, and right up my alley. Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine says: 

With great lucidity and confidence in a dazzling array of fields, Patel reveals how we inflate the cost of things we can (and often should) live without, while assigning absolutely no value to the resources we all need to survive. This is a deeply thought-provoking book about the dramatic changes we must make to save the planet from financial madness — argued with so much humor and humanity that the enormous tasks ahead feel both doable and desirable. This is Raj Patel’s great gift: he makes even the most radical ideas seem not only reasonable, but inevitable. A brilliant book.

The trailer, featuring Patel himself, gives you plenty of insight into what the book’s about:

Patel’s website is here. The Value of Nothing is published by Black Inc. in Australia.

Also, check out Colbert revisiting the deification of Patel here. Hilarity.

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