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No description available, Eclectic thinkers brought together by the bestselling author of City of Quartz meditate on future worlds being created by unfettered capitalism br br Not content with existing offshore tax shelters multi millionaires and property developers have aspired to build their own To defeat the predatory outreach of nations and tides it is clearly not enough to be offshore true freedom floats from Floating Utopias by China Mieville br br 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 br br 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 Medellin 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 million acres of private parkland br br 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 br br Contributors include Judit Bodnar Patrick Bond Anne Marie Broudehoux Teddy Cruz Mike Davis Joe Day Marco d Eramo Anthony Fontenot Marina Forti Forrest Hylton Sara Lipton China Mieville Don Mitchell Tim Mitchell Dan Monk Dennis Rodgers Laura Ruggeri Emir Sader Rebecca Schoenkopf Jon Wiener, In his most provocative writing yet the radical urban theorist Mike Davis explores the combat zone that is contemporary urban America the site of a perpetual battle waged within cities and against nature Davis examines themes of urban life today white flight housing and job segregation and discrimination and looks at areas he calls national sacrifice zones military landscapes that simulated warfare and arms production have rendered uninhabitable Davis begins his apocalyptically inflected tour with a trip to New York s Ground Zero and to the diabolic miracle of Las Vegas, Examining a series of El Ni o induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the th century Mike Davis discloses the intimate baleful relationship between imperial arrogance and natural incident that combined to produce some of the worst tragedies in human history br br i Late Victorian Holocausts i focuses on three zones of drought and subsequent famine India Northern China and Northeastern Brazil All were affected by the same global climatic factors that caused massive crop failures and all experienced brutal famines that decimated local populations But the effects of drought were magnified in each case because of singularly destructive policies promulgated by different ruling elites br br Davis argues that the seeds of underdevelopment in what later became known as the Third World were sown in this era of High Imperialism as the price for capitalist modernization was paid in the currency of millions of peasants amp rsquo lives