Rebecca Solnit has penned a beautifully-written, thought-provoking article on the way capitalism “works” in the one-century rise and fall of Detroit. It presents a clear window on the role of senseless racism in preserving workaday white Americans’ desperate faith in their Big White Capitalist Daddies. As well, it finds (a little too much) hope in the ingenius, healthful (but stigmatized) small-scale human needs-based production (urban gardening) that sprouts up in the decaying carcass of a former mega-accumulation zone.
The citation is:
Solnit, Rebecca. 2007. “Detroit Arcadia: Exploring the post-American landscape.” Harper’s Magazine, July: 65-73.
Here’s Harper’s online address: http://www.harpers.org/.