Includes bibliographical references and index. A Look Inside Full Text Reviews Appeared in Publishers Weekly on In the evil paradises of this uneven anthology edited by scholars Davis and Monk, the free market coddles the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. With contributions from academics, architects and journalists, the essays explore how cities like Beijing and Johannesburg disregard good governance for prestige projects adored by the nomadic business elite. California-style gated housing developments are a recurring theme, popping up in Iran and Hong Kong. The catch? This libertarian dream project will probably never be built because that philosophy, Mieville explains, is for people "too small, incompetent or insufficiently connected" to avoid taxes or, for that matter, to build a boat equipped with an airport.
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This is the gritty world underneath the glitzy tourist brochures. 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. The growth of transnational urban centers of power echoes something Niall Ferguson said about a new Dark Age: fortress cities of the affluent in a sea of poverty and tribalism. Sep 29, David Dinaburg rated it liked it Everything is a wreck. Is this even hyperbole anymore?
We, as a global society, are constantly piling atop our monocultural hegemony a thick framework overloaded with ever-more-tenuous social constructswhat good were the currently marketable skills of search engine optimization or self-actualized life coaching one hundred years ago? How many thousand unstable technologies do these skills depend upon, and how many more ephemeral, transient, or simply foolish threads can be spun upon Everything is a wreck.
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 engine optimization or self-actualized life coaching one hundred years ago?
How many thousand unstable technologies do these skills depend upon, and how many more ephemeral, transient, or simply foolish threads can be spun upon our improbable Babel-spire of modernity before it collapses from its own weight. Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism takes this point and runs it through a scrim of voices, perspectives, and examples that all point to the same thing: society is broken, and getting worse.
So in he signed a deal with El Paso Natural Gas to develop more than 1, wells in his wilderness. Nearly the same bug infests libertarianism which In its maundering about a mythical ideal-type capitalism, libertarianism betrays its fear of actually existing capitalism, at which it cannot quite succeed. It is a philosophy of capitalist inadequacy A society that allows the winner to take all because each person thinks they have a shot to be the winner is either broken or just plain stupid—if the winner is already taking all, why would they ever unentrench themselves?
Who gives up a livelihood built around a corrupt system voluntarily? Lawrence Lessig does. 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. His life now is advocating the removal of money from politics.
Go bike more. Read How to Fix Copyright. Then read So Damn Much Money. Then go protest. Or cry. Or both. Everything is so broken. The answer, of course, is that they are not. Without e-mail, Internet, and telephone, few of us could teach our classes, do our homework, write our reports, plan our meetings, contact our customers, track our assets, pay our bills, or, for that matter, reach our friends and family. The price we pay for our affluence-through-unfettered exchange is allowing the outside world unfettered access into our lives.
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. The prevailing zeitgeist seems to be one of increased interdependence; interconnectedness; surveillance. Why—in our digital age: where intrusive police-state tactics such as unmanned aerial drones and NSA eavesdropping via planned backdoors—are we, the voting public, slathering over the concept of putting constant video recording devices on police officers?
What happened to the rights carved out by the Handschu Agreement? None of the answers to these questions will be found in Evil Paradises, which is not new text; it just feels like it.
Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism