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Mike Davis

Mike Davis, a Nation contributing editor, is a writer, historian, and political activist. His books include Prisoners of the American DreamCity of QuartzEcology of Fear, and Planet of Slums. His latest book, Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties, co-authored with Jon Wiener, is out now.


  • PoliticsNovember 1, 2007

    People Burn Here

    Illegal immigrants are the invisible victims of the California wildfires.

    Mike Davis

  • EnvironmentApril 3, 2007

    Denial in the Desert

    Abrupt climate change is rapidly turning the American West into a desert. But a culture in denial continues rampant suburbanization, fueled by the delusion that our water supply is inexhaustible.

    Mike Davis

  • Car Bombs: WMDs the Surge Can’t Stop

    The favored weapon of the ill-armed and underfunded is the one weapon of mass destruction that the Bush Administration has totally ignored.

    Mike Davis

  • PoliticsAugust 24, 2006

    Dorothy Healey

    An appreciation of one of the last members of the left's "greatest generation," known for her physical courage, warmth and intelligence, who spent a lifetime arguing eloquently for socialism, feminism and peace.

    Mike Davis

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  • PoliticsAugust 10, 2006

    Dorothy Healey

    An appreciation of one of the last members of the left's "greatest generation," known for her physical courage, warmth and intelligence, who spent a lifetime arguing eloquently for socialism, feminism and peace.

    Mike Davis

  • ActivismMarch 23, 2006

    Who Is Killing New Orleans?

    Mayor-appointed commissions and experts, mostly white and Republican, propose to radically shrink and reshape a majority-black and Democratic city.

    Mike Davis

  • EnvironmentOctober 20, 2005

    Hurricane Gumbo

    The Cajun and Creole folks of Ville Platte, LA, learned long ago not to rely on the government for help. It the wake of hurricanes they launched a homemade rescue-and-relief effort to save their community.

    Mike Davis and Anthony Fontenot

  • Climate ChangeOctober 7, 2005

    Melting Away

    Geophysicists are debating whether recent catastrophic storms signal an abrupt climate change that will trigger seasons of permanent icelessness in the Atlantic and return the earth to the torrid chaos of an earlier era.

    Mike Davis

  • ArchitectureSeptember 30, 2005

    25 Questions About the Murder of New Orleans

    New Orleans did not die an accidental death--it was murdered by deliberate design and planned neglect. Here are twenty-five urgent questions from the people who live in a city submerged in anger and frustration.

    Mike Davis and Anthony Fontenot

  • Autobiography and MemoirSeptember 1, 2005

    Optimism of the Will

    The rich legacy of former Nation editor and activist Carey McWilliams is on full display in three books.

    Mike Davis

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