Historian Mike Davis was appalled by the horrors California had inflicted on itself, while Kevin Starr was awed by the Golden State’s spirit of optimism. In this interview right before his death, Davis reflects on their mutual admiration and tender friendship.
Mike Davis is the author of several books, including Planet of Slums and City of Quartz.
The late socialist writer Mike Davis’s first book was Prisoners of the American Dream, a deep exploration of how the US labor movement became so weakened. Nearly four decades later, Davis revisited the book in an interview with Jacobin.
From the Black Panthers to the Communist Party, radical Los Angeles in the ’60s was a seething cauldron of unrest, united by the brutal, lawless repression of the LAPD. In a rollicking new book, Mike Davis and Jon Wiener tell the story of a decade of explosions.
On the literary destruction of Los Angeles and the nervous breakdown of American exceptionalism.
People desperately need to go back to work and save what they can of their lives. But Mike Davis argues that a rapid reopening of the economy would only result in unspeakable tragedy for millions.
As coronavirus spreads rapidly around the world, outpacing our capacity for testing, let alone treatment, the long-anticipated monster is finally at the door. And with global capitalism so impotent in the face of this biological crisis, our demands must be for properly international public-health infrastructure.
The disastrous fires in California expose the absurdity of a system that ignores nature, flouts climate change, and builds entire towns that will inevitably burn.
We’ve heard for decades that socialism has a body count. But how does it compare to capitalism? Mike Davis discusses Stalin, Mao, and the staggering holocausts of capitalism’s nineteenth-century heyday.
The political and social war that is now inevitable in the United States could shape the character of the rest of the century.
The weak spots in Trump’s victory show that the future still lies with Bernie’s democratic-socialist coalition.
Mike Davis on the Trump phenomenon and why young people are so open to socialism.
Last night, Bernie Sanders showed the promise — and limits — of his economic populism.
A plan for rational improvements to the city of Los Angeles.