Is revolution possible in the age of the Anthropocene?
Marx has returned, but which Marx? Recent biographies have proclaimed him to be an emphatically nineteenth-century figure, but in this book, Mike Davis?s first directly about Marx and Marxism, a thinker comes to light who speaks to the present as much as the past. In a series of searching, propulsive essays, Davis, the bestselling author of City of Quartz and recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, explores Marx?s inquiries into two key questions of our time: Who can lead a revolutionary transformation of society? And what is the cause?and solution?of the planetary environmental crisis?
Davis consults a vast archive of labor history to illuminate new aspects of Marx?s theoretical texts and political journalism. He offers a ?lost Marx,? whose analyses of historical agency, nationalism, and the ?middle landscape? of class struggle are crucial to the renewal of revolutionary thought in our darkening age. Davis presents a critique of the current fetishism of the ?anthropocene,? which suppresses the links between the global employment crisis and capitalism?s failure to ensure human survival in a more extreme climate. In a finale, Old Gods, New Enigmas looks backward to the great forgotten debates on alternative socialist urbanism (1880?1934) to find the conceptual keys to a universal high quality of life in a sustainable environment.