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Chapter 2 transits to the San Francisco Bay Area, where it assesses how the Cold War and its aftermaths recode colonial spatiality through a series of dispossessive booms and busts that encroach upon common spaces and anticapitalist politics. It looks at the Valley’s imperial formation, assessing how gold rush legacies and Cold War technocultures have morphed into consumerist playgrounds for the rich today. By mapping the co-optation of socialist ideals such as sharing, the chapter tracks technoliberal moments in postsocialist contexts. At the same time, it mobilizes postsocialist analytics to apprehend anticapitalist pasts, presents, and futures that refuse Silicon Valley imperial plans. Throughout, it engages with housing justice work that the author has been a part of while also weaving in historical uprisings and illustrations from political artist Fernando Martí.

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