Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism

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Mike Davis, Daniel Bertrand Monk
The New Press, Jul 16, 2011 - Social Science - 336 pages
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Evil Paradises, edited by Mike Davis and Daniel Bertrand Monk, is a global guidebook to phantasmagoric but real places—alternate realities being constructed as “utopias” in a capitalist era unfettered by unions and state regulation. These developments—in cities, deserts, and in the middle of the sea—are 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 World” is literally being added to the ocean. In Medellín and Kabul, drug lords—in many ways textbook capitalists—are 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


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A California Oasis in the Iranian Desert
Sand Fear and Money in Dubai
The New Kabul of Warlords
Euphoria and Despair in the Olympic
Imagineering California in Hong Kong
Of Gold and Gangsters
The Most Unjust Country in the World
Bunkering in Paradise or Do Oldsters Dream
Its the Real Housewives of Orange
Ted Turners Two Million Acres
The Supreme Court Announces
Personal Museums and the Architectures
The Ascetic Retreat in a Neoliberal
Freedom and Unfreedom of the Seas

The Disembedded City
Postsocialist Utopias of Isolation
Medellín in the New Millennium
On the Nature of Neoliberalism

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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.

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