Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism

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Mike Davis, Daniel Bertrand Monk
The New Press, Jul 1, 2011 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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"Evil Paradises, " edited by Mike Davis and Daniel Bertrand Monk, is a global guidebook to phantasmagoric but real placesOCoalternate realities being constructed as ?utopiasOCO in a capitalist era unfettered by unions and state regulation. These developmentsOCoin cities, deserts, and in the middle of the seaOCoare worlds where consumption and inequality surpass our worst nightmares. Although they read like science fiction, the case studies are shockingly real. In Dubai, where child slavery existed until very recently, a gilded archipelago of private islands known as ?The WorldOCO is literally being added to the ocean. In Medell n and Kabul, drug lordsOCoin many ways textbook capitalistsOCoare redefining conspicuous consumption in fortified palaces. In Hong Kong, Cairo, and even the Iranian desert, burgeoning communities of nouveaux riches have taken shelter in fantasy Californias, complete with Mickey Mouse statues, while their maids sleep in rooftop chicken coops. Meanwhile, Ted Turner rides herd over his bison in 2 million acres of private parkland. Davis and Monk have assembled an extraordinary group of urbanists, architects, historians, and visionary thinkers to reflect upon the trajectory of a civilization whose deepest ethos seems to be to consume all the resources of the earth within a single lifetime."

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This book is a compilation of essays on the urban and spatial developments of the wealthy in the world. I have read about half the essays-- most of them elucidate not just the stark contrast between ... Read full review


A Paradise of Latifundias
The Legacy of Late Slavery
Radical Injustice
The Agrarian Problem in Neoliberalism
The Mall That Swallowed America
Senile Utopias
Hollywood Discovers the OC

A Garden of Security
Islamic Neoliberalism
From Kish to Kitsch
Fantasy Levitated
Miami of the Persian Gulf
War Zone
Milton Friedmans Beach Club
An Indentured Invisible Majority
Land as Power
Architecture as Alchemy
Military Strategy as Urban Planning
Reconstruction as Myth
Impunity as Democracy
The Great Transformation
The Price of Olympic Fame
The Great Divide
A Social Time Bomb
Containing Chaos
Evil Beijing
The Return of the Walled City
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Selling California
One Happy Family
Whats in a Name?
Johannesburg TopDown
The Neoliberal Drought
The Palimpsest City
Nueva Managua
The Privatization of Security
Roads Roundabouts and Road Deaths
The Revolt of the Elites?
NeoHapsburg Kitsch
New Enclosures
Slaves of the New Bourgeoisie
Before and After
Disputing Territory 19852002
Tragedy and Farce 20022006
The Real Housewives and Dick Cheney Are Very Bad People
Here You May Watch Me Watch TV
Barbarian Me at the Gates
A Literary Interlude Citing Fitzgerald
On Subjectivity
A Legitimate Business or Social Purpose
People Like Hicks
Strollers Loiterers Drug Dealers Roller Skaters Bird Watchers Soccer Players and Others
A Right the Rich Have Long Had
Everyman His Castle
The Plutocrat as Artist
SelfSanctification InNameOnly Bailouts and the AntiEdifice
The Concrete Stomach vs the Kremlin of Modernism32
Ayn Rand Ahoy
The Degradation of Utopia
The Freedom of the Seas?
The Captains Word Will Be Final
Seasteading as Empire
Class Warfare as Bad Comedy
Life and Death
Primal Swarming
The Ecological Insurgent
Fear and Money in Dubai
Capital of Chaos
Delirious Beijing
Palm Springs
Nueva Managua
Becoming Bourgeois
Extreme Makeover
Bunkering in Paradise
Hell Is Other People
People Like Hicks
Monastery Chic
Floating Utopias
Hives and Swarms

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MacArthur fellow Mike Davis is the author of Monster at Our Door and Dead Cities (The New Press), among other books. He lives in San Diego. Daniel Bertrand Monk is the director of the Peace Studies Program at Colgate University and the author of An Aesthetic Occupation. He lives in Hamilton, New York.