The passing of Mike David on October 25 2022 was a profound loss to many familiar with his work. His life was spent exposing injustice and his work covered a remarkably broad field, from the cost of European imperialism in the Global South to the urban crisis in the United States (especially his native California).
In honor of Mike David, TIR is rerunning this episode broadcast as an audio-only podcast on January 17, 2021 (yes, there used to be an audio-only podcast). This was before many of you started following, so we hope you enjoy this.
Here's to Mike! Rest in Power!
From the book "City of Quartz":
"Like the Tramp scares of the 19th century or the Red Scare in the 20th, the contemporary gang scare has become an imaginary class relationship, a terrain of pseudo-knowledge and fantasy projection. But as long as the actual violence was more or less confined to the ghetto, the gang wars were also a voyeuristic titillation to white suburbanites devouring lurid imagery in their newspapers or on the television. Then in December 1987 frisson became fear as Southside gang hitmen mistakenly gunned down a young woman outside a theater in the posh Westwood Village entertainment district near UCLA. Westwood's influential merchants, who had recently induced the LAPD to enforce curfew ordinances to repel non-white youth from the Village, clamored for extra police protection, while local Council Member Zev Yaroslavsky, then essaying a Koch-like challenge to Mayor Bradley, posted a huge reward for apprehension of the "urban terrorists".
You can read Mike's latest piece in New Left Review here:
You can watch Mike earlier in the year on Democracy Now! here:
You Can Buy Mike's latest book, "Set the Night on Fire" here:
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