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Starting off with a series of essays about the primary or side effects of “NeoLiberalism” a term, admittedly I wasn’t familiar with yet if this book is any indication it must be as common as the phrase “Global Warming” in sundry distant nations, it seems to break down a bit around the second half when the essays pin-point specific western and mostly US things like cruise ships, military strategy theory, mega-malls what is it with Italian scholars and malls?
Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism
So far this book is very interesting. Or are the invitations still made, but those now coming to the centers are just so callous and egocentric they don’t care? Meanwhile, Ted Turner rides herd over his bison in 2 million acres of private parkland. If not, is it because those running retreat centers have themselves become so materially-minded that they’ve lowered their standards just to get people in to pay the bills? 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.
Nearly the same bug infests libertarianism which: This is a book of wildly uneven essays. To ask other readers questions about Evil Paradisesplease sign up.
neoliberlaism Copyright is a system so paradigmatic to the bloat and corruption that even as the preeminent copyright attorney in the country, Lawrence Lessig threw up his hands and walked away. Many world cities that are supposedly for everyone are built with the needs of the rich put above everyone else.
Trust is proven ever more foolish; populism or ecology are bound up in lobbyist supremacy as much as anything else: So in he signed a deal with El Paso Natural Gas to develop more than 1, wells in his wilderness. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Many of these essays are about various ways that the rich or elite segregate themselves into clean neoliheralism shiny enclaves while the poor and other undesirables are left out.
Aug 12, Coral rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book explores the excesses and absurdities of modern hyper-capitalism.
The breakdown in the static social and economic structure was precipitated by a breakdown in export markets and an unwillingness to share the economic and pagadises benefits with those whose labor was used in obtaining them.
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Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism by Mike Davis
Please make a tax-deductible donation today! Stories of America in an Age of Repression. Eclectic thinkers, brought together by the bestselling author of City of Quartzmeditate on future worlds being created by unfettered capitalism.
Oct 02, Armand rated it it was ok Shelves: A wicked and funny takedown of faux libertarianism assessing the ludicrous drsamworlds Ship” project and other sea-based tax haven, anti-statist dodges, Mieville’s essay skewers the “Pinochets of Penzance” with alacrity. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Many interesting examples, but most of the essays are pretty dry. What story are they telling the people in Too much economics, not enough geography.
Most of the rest were largely descriptive, showing paradiaes capitalism created this or that gated community and what’s wrong with it, but not really saying much beyond.
The best, in this paradisez, is probably the article on Managua, which discussed the exclusionary functions of that cities new roads. Apr 04, leighcia rated it liked it Shelves: The prevailing zeitgeist seems to be one of increased interdependence; interconnectedness; surveillance.
Dreamwirlds 23, Rachel rated it liked it. Jul 24, Edward rated it it was ok Shelves: Social commentator, urban theorist, historian, and political activist. And, in turn, televisions and ever more elaborate media centers that generate still more noise have become the primary means by which our hard-acquired wealth is displayed, and through which it is enjoyed. This book is a compilation of essays on the urban and spatial developments of the wealthy in the dreamwkrlds.