In Praise of Barbarians : Essays Against Empire

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  • Copyright: 2007-08-01
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
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The author of City of Quartz and Planet of Slums attacks the current fashion for empires and white men's burdens in this blistering collection of radical essays. He skewers contemporary idols such as Mel Gibson, Niall Ferguson, and Howard Dean; unlocks some secret doors in the Pentagon and the California prison system; visits Star Wars in the Arctic and vigilantes on the border; predicts ethnic cleansing in New Orleans more than a year before Katrina; recalls the anarchist avengers of the 1890s and "teeny-bopper" riots on the Sunset Strip in the 1960s; discusses the moral bankruptcy of the Democrats in Kansas and West Virginia; remembers "Private Ivan," who defeated fascism; and looks at the future of capitalism from the top of Hubbert's Peak. No writer in the United States today brings together analysis and history as comprehensively and elegantly as Mike Davis. In these contemporary, interventionist essays, Davis goes beyond critique to offer real solutions and concrete possibilities for change. Mike Davis is the author many books, including City of Quartz, The Ecology of Fear, The Monster at Our Door, and Planet of Slums. Davis teaches in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine, and lives in San Diego.

Table of Contents

The End of American Exceptionalismp. 11
Great and Glorious Daysp. 16
Occupied Americap. 22
Vermont's Pied Piperp. 27
The Anti-Bush Comethp. 31
Jumping Off the Bandwagonp. 35
Oedipus Bushp. 38
What's the Matter with America?p. 42
The Democrats After Novemberp. 61
Bush's Ultimate Thule?p. 91
The Scalping Partyp. 97
The Ungrateful Volcanop. 103
War-Martp. 112
The Pentagon as Global Slumlordp. 118
The Urbanization of Empirep. 122
Heavy Metal Freewayp. 135
Cry Californiap. 140
Think Big: Recall the Systemp. 146
The Day of the Locustp. 151
Striking Southern Californiap. 156
Mel's Nazi Matineep. 160
Inside the Sunshine Gulagp. 163
Riotous Real Estatep. 167
The Great Wall of Capitalp. 172
Vigilante Manp. 177
Border Invasionp. 182
Arnie Reprogrammedp. 188
Our Summer Vacation: 50,000 Deadp. 197
The View from Hubbert's Peakp. 200
The Monster at the Doorp. 204
Poor, Black, and Left Behindp. 208
A Rainy Day in Tijuanap. 212
Drowning All Illusionsp. 215
At the Corner of New Orleans and Humanityp. ä
Sister Catarinap. 256
Artisans of Terrorp. 263
Street Iliadp. 278
Saving Private Ivanp. 283
The Ghost Shirtsp. 287
Malcolm - More Than Everp. 291
Punch-Out Timep. 295
Happy Birthday, Big Billp. 301
Radical Gritp. 305
Riot Nights on Sunset Stripp. 312
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