Prisoners of the American Dream is Mike Davis’s brilliant exegesis of a persistent and major analytical problem for Marxist historians and political economists: Why has the world’s most industrially advanced nation never spawned a mass party of the working class? This series of essays surveys the history of the American bourgeois democratic revolution from its Jacksonian beginnings to the rise of the New Right and the re-election of Ronald Reagan, concluding with some bracing thoughts on the prospects for progressive politics in the United States.
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About the Author
Mike Davis is the author of several books including City of Quartz, The Monster at Our Door, Buda’s Wagon, and Planet of Slums. He is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award. He lives in San Diego.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Labor and American Politics
1 Why the American Working Class is Different 3
2 The Barren Marriage of American Labor and the Democratic Party 55
3 The Fail of the House of Labor 105
Part 2 The Age of Reagan
4 The New Right's Road to Power 161
5 The Political Economy of Late Imperial America 187
6 Reaganomics' Magical Mystery Tour 239
7 The Lesser Evil? The Left, the Democrats and 1984 265
Epilogue: Inventing the American Left 311