James Tracy

aparadisebuiltinhellReview of Rebecca Solnit's A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise In Disaster

Disasters have always punctuated history. The types of events once considered generation defining are now tailed by new catastrophes—short years, months and often weeks. The past decade offers a catalogue of woe—hurricanes, tsunamis, and earthquakes.

The politics of Disaster Capitalism, as detailed by Naomi Klein are hardwired into this generation's activist lexicon. It is true, as she documents, capitalists have perfected the art and science of opportunism presented by disaster. Whether this practice is unique to neo-liberalism is still open to debate.

The expectation that human beings will behave at their worst without the market and the state is buttressed in today's popular culture such as the The Hunger Games, Walking Dead and The Road.