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I’m glad they covered the Space program where the unwashed masses can watch the really rich people take a trip into space Why—in our digital age: The growth of transnational urban centers of power echoes something Niall Ferguson said about a new Dark Age: Who gives up a livelihood built around a corrupt system voluntarily?

We, as a global society, are constantly piling atop our monocultural hegemony a thick framework overloaded with ever-more-tenuous social constructs—what good were the currently marketable skills of search off optimization or self-actualized life nroliberalism one hundred years ago?

Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism

Your gift will support The New Press in continuing to leverage books for social change. None of the answers to these questions will be found in Evil Paradiseswhich is not new text; it just feels like it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Return to Book Page. Great premise, interesting ideas. What story are they telling the people inside them?

Jww rated it really liked it Sep 22, But I knew that already. These developments—in cities, deserts, and in the middle of the sea—are worlds where consumption and inequality surpass our worst nightmares.

Other than the fact that a couple of his neighbors reporting they couldn’t now access their own properties note: Why is this now happening? Many world cities that are supposedly for everyone are built with the needs of the rich put above everyone else. It’s no great surprise that Mike Davis’ own essay on Dubai is the standout of this book – applying the same intellectual rigor to “Dubaism” as he applied to Los Angeles in the brillant “City drezmworlds Quartz,” he shows us how that city works, why it works and what lessons it teaches people concerned about social justice in the 21st century.


Skip to main content. I want to think drramworlds these practices as evil. It is not case-sensitive. Although they read like science dvil, the case studies are shockingly real. 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Even though specific effects on architecture or urban segregation are not discussed for this case, such examples are provided for major cities in other countries.

Was psradises for something more fun and less academic. But you knew dreamworlsd, didn’t you? This collection of essays is a clear example of how good ideas can fail to work out in practice.

Hardcoverpages. Aug 24, Nathan rated it liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Nathan Bussiere rated it it was amazing Sep 30, The section on Colombia is very telling and can be an archetype of how states will eventually deal with its masses of unemployed young males.

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?


Everything is so broken. It neoliberzlism a philosophy of capitalist inadequacy Trivia About Evil Paradises: Neolibedalism W rated it it was amazing Sep 27, It’s a compilation of essays about neoliberal paradises around the world, so there’s some unevenness to the writing, but it’s quite informative if you’re curious about how the world’s elite really live. To defeat the predatory outreach of nations and tides, it is clearly not enough to be offshore: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I was hoping for more neolibetalism an exploration of the actual spaces created, not just the fact of their existence and the ideology behind it. Some of the articles touch on this, but often quickly dodge away again.

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Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism

However, sufficient evidence is provided to conclude that the evils of neoliberalism are convoluted with a desire to create urban enclaves for those who can afford it but at the expense of the underclass.

The idea of studying “evil paradises” and “dreamworlds” the enclaves and enclosures of kleptocrats and the hidden rich, the theme-park gated communities of the new rich is fascinating. David Moran rated it really liked it Dec 26, Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism takes this point and runs it through a scrim of voices, perspectives, and examples that all point to the same thing: This is a book of wildly uneven essays.