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“The urgency of universal healthcare” — THE MONSTER ENTERS featured in New Frame

Friday, May 7th, 2021

“As Mike Davis writes in The Monster Enters: Covid-19 and the Plagues of Capitalism, the global economy is fundamentally unsustainable. The relentless pursuit of profit is causing ecological havoc and creating the conditions for even worse plagues in the near future. It is sobering to realise there is a high likelihood that Covid-19 will not be the most severe pandemic we see in our lifetime.”

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“No one beats Davis when it comes to linking seemingly ‘natural’ disasters to humankind’s economic and social decisions, particularly structural inequalities.” — THE MONSTER ENTERS reviewed in Fifth Estate

Friday, March 19th, 2021

“Plague for Profit”

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“Of all the books I’ve taken refuge in since first being subject to a stay-at-home order last March, Davis’s have come the closest to offering me something like solace.” — THE MONSTER ENTERS reviewed in Commonweal

Friday, March 19th, 2021

“Excavating the Future”

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“Mike Davis: ‘Beware the Light at the End of the Covid Tunnel’” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author interviewed on the Nation‘s Start Making Sense

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

“Mike Davis’s forecast for the left” — THE MONSTER ENTERS featured in the Nation

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

“Along with human agents subjugated, disorganized, and subject to brutal weather in impoverished areas, Davis pointed to another terrifying development within the earth’s ecology: plagues, which he examined in his 2005 book on the avian flu, republished in 2020 as The Monster Enters: COVID-19 and the Plagues of Capitalism. As he had done with so many other harbingers of impending apocalypse, Davis sounded the alarm about a potential pandemic long before it hit.”

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“There cannot be a book [from] 2020 that screams ‘I told you so!’ more loudly than this one” — THE MONSTER ENTERS reviewed in Peace News

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

“From the outset, Davis highlights what few governments and corporate media commentators dare admit: that COVID-19 and its various predecessors (including SARS-CoV-1 and MERS-CoV), as well as the scores of influenza viruses that have plagued the globe over the past few decades, are the direct result of globalised capitalism.”

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“Riot on the Hill” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis writes for the New Left Review

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

“Yesterday’s ‘sacrileges’ in our temple of democracy – oh, poor defiled city on the hill, etc. – constituted an ‘insurrection’ only in the sense of dark comedy. What was essentially a big biker gang dressed as circus performers and war-surplus barbarians – including the guy with a painted face posing as horned bison in a fur coat – stormed the ultimate country club, squatted on Pence’s throne, chased Senators into the sewers, casually picked their noses and rifled files and, above all, shot endless selfies to send to the dudes back home. Otherwise they didn’t have a clue. (The aesthetic was pure Buñuel and Dali: ‘Our only rule was very simple: no idea or image that might lend itself to a rational explanation of any kind would be accepted.’)”

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“Why is everything so terrible and what should anti-capitalist organizers be focusing on going into 2021?” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis interviewed on the Antifada

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Jamie and Andy sit down with the great Marxist historian, author, activist and urban theorist Mike Davis to review the year that was.

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“How to Read a Way Out of the Crisis” — PANDEMIC!, THE MONSTER ENTERS, EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE!, and PEOPLE’S POWER featured on Philosophy Football

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

The Coronavirus Crisis navigated by Mark Perryman’s reading guide to cause, effect and afters.

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“Notes on the 2020 Election” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis writes for the New Left Review

Friday, December 11th, 2020

“Trench Warfare”

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“We Need a Commission to Investigate Trump’s Covid Response” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis interviewed on Start Making Sense

Friday, December 11th, 2020

“The Best Books of 2020” — THE MONSTER ENTERS featured on PopMatters

Friday, December 11th, 2020

Davis ends with the monster metaphor that gives his book its title, invoking the “1950s sci-fi thrillers of my childhood” in which scientists sound an alarm about an alien threat, politicians ignore it, but ultimately “the world wakes up to the peril and unites to defeat the invader.” He wonders whether we — with a “real monster at our door” — will wake up in time.

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“Biden’s Big Mistake” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis interviewed on the Nation‘s Start Making Sense podcast

Friday, November 13th, 2020

“Expecting 2008, Democrats got 2016 again, an unnervingly close election that Joe Biden appears to have won by razor-thin margins.” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis writes for the London Review of Books

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Rio Grande Valley Republicans

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“[Mike] Davis predicted an age of pandemics” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author interviewed on the London Review of Books podcast

Friday, October 30th, 2020

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“Covid, Capitalism & Ecology” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis in conversation with Rob Wallace

Monday, October 19th, 2020

NEW EVENT: THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis in conversation with Rob Wallace on Saturday 10/17

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

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NEW VIDEO: THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis in conversation with STRONGMEN editor Vijay Prashad

Monday, October 12th, 2020

“A new, profoundly sinister nature is rapidly emerging from our fire rubble at the expense of landscapes we once considered sacred.” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis writes for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation blog

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

California’s Apocalyptic ‘Second Nature’

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“Mike Davis: Coronavirus is just the start, we are now in the age of pandemics” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis interviewed on RT

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

“Concise, disturbing, and valuable.” — THE MONSTER ENTERS reviewed by PopMatters

Friday, August 21st, 2020

Mike Davis’ COVID-era update about emerging flu pandemics, The Monster Enters, is concise, disturbing, and valuable.

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“A tool to help us understand and change a system that has already condemned millions of people to sickness and death in the interests of profit.” — THE MONSTER ENTERS reviewed by ResoluteReader

Monday, August 17th, 2020
As in all his work, Mike Davis writes eloquently and clearly with a sympathy for ordinary people. His implicit call for us to challenge the status quo in order to prevent further pandemics is the biggest lesson we can take from this book. His clear analysis is a tool to help us understand and change a system that has already condemned millions of people to sickness and death in the interests of profit. One monster has entered the door, but further ones lie waiting outside.

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“A must-read… [Mike] Davis concludes that the worst is yet to come and that the monster has much more in store.” — THE MONSTER ENTERS reviewed by CounterPunch

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

This Pandemic and the Ones to Come

The Monster Enters by Mike Davis, published this week, is a warning for future generations.

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“This moment is not a tunnel with a bright light at the end.” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis interviewed for Salon

Monday, July 13th, 2020
Author and activist on Trump, the pandemic and the crisis of capitalism: “The lives of several billion are at risk.”

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“The Problem with Dr. Fauci” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis interviewed on the Nation’s Start Making Sense podcast with Jon Wiener

Monday, July 13th, 2020


Mike Davis argues that, while Dr. Anthony Fauci has been handed a golden opportunity to speak truth to power, America’s most respected doctor remains a team player in an administration bent on disaster.

“The most important Marxist historian of the past fifty years… Of [Mike Davis’s] many books, none has been so darkly prescient… There will perhaps be no better guide to the next decade than this.” — THE MONSTER ENTERS reviewed by Jacobin

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Mike Davis Tried to Warn Us About a Virus-Induced Apocalypse

Mike Davis has good claim to being the most important Marxist historian of the past fifty years. While his work may not have the vast geographical or temporal scope of Perry Anderson, Ellen Meiksins Wood, or Robert Brenner, nor has it mined a particular period or subject with the focus of a figure like E. P. Thompson, Robin Blackburn, or Christopher Hill, its influence and its singular depth makes Davis’s work stand out.On the surface, his writings may appear disparate, ranging from the early essays on the history of the US working class to his more recent studies of Third World slums, the history of the car bomb, and the radical history of Los Angeles in the 1960s, to name just three examples. Yet the diversity of Davis’s interests are linked by his near singular focus on global class relations and his writing is marked by a startling prescience. His oeuvre has opened entire continents of research, each one written in his typically sparkling, lucid prose.

Of his many books, none has been so darkly prescient as The Monster at Our Door, first published fifteen years ago, and now, amid the first wave of COVID-19, reissued by OR Books as The Monster Enters: COVID-19, Avian Flu, and the Plagues of Capitalism.

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“Mike Davis on Covid-19, Street Uprisings & the Failure of Government” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author interviewed on Letters and Politics

Monday, July 6th, 2020

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“A penetrating look at the intersection of threats from new diseases as they mix with the much older maladies of capitalism, greed, and inequality” — THE MONSTER ENTERS reviewed by the Progressive

Friday, June 19th, 2020

It’s a rare occurrence for a writer to reissue an older work because it has acquired new relevance, but such was the case for Mike Davis. His 2005 study of the risks of an avian flu pandemic, The Monster at Our Door (New Press), has come back with a vengeance in the emergence of COVID-19, under a new title, The Monster Enters.

It was a book Davis himself no longer even owned a copy of. “I wanted it off my bookshelf in order to exorcise the anxiety involved in its writing,” he writes in the new introduction, while in lockdown in his home in San Diego, California.

Davis’s forty-four-page intro is, by itself, worth the price of admission. Crafted in his distinctive prose (“I write this . . . bunkered in my garage with innumerable cans of Chef Boyardee, a few pints of Guinness, and some virology textbooks.”), he takes the reader through an analysis of our present moment that is part history lesson, part detective story, part science class, and most of all, cogent political analysis.

The book is well researched, with twenty-three pages of notes and citations, but nonetheless accessible, with a penetrating look at the intersection of threats from new diseases as they mix with the much older maladies of capitalism, greed, and inequality.

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“It’s time to end the phony war and take back the streets.” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis writes for the Nation

Monday, June 1st, 2020

A Call to Revolt

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“Prescient” — THE MONSTER ENTERS reviewed in Counterfire

Thursday, May 28th, 2020
Mike Davis must be feeling like a modern-day Cassandra…

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