Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. Few philosophies have a greater mutual suspicion and natural antipathy to each other than libertarianism and. In the afterword to the 30th-anniversary edition of his novel, Ernest Callenbach writes, “Looking back, it seems clear that Ecotopia was the. Ecotopia,” the ’70s cult novel, has seeped into the American But to Mr. Callenbach and many of his fans, “Ecotopia” is a blueprint for the.

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The ways and means of carrying out an eco-friendly lifestyle seemed very well thought-out and I often found myself nodding and grinning at the ideas.

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Views Read Edit View history. His objective skepticism is quickly eroded by this green Utopian playground in which respect for living things is the society’s primary value. In a way, it felt like I was reading a foundational manifesto for a very specific environmental philosophy that has existed in the periphery of callenvach understanding for quite some time.

And about social relations. Televised mass-spectacle sports are displaced due to a preference for local arts, participatory sports, and general fitness.

If Callenbach is embarrassed by any of this 30 years on, he gives no indication in the new afterword. Five stars for imagination, given that this was written back in the 70s. Books by Ernest Callenbach. In marked contrast, Ralph Nader praised the book, noting that “None of the happy conditions in Ecotopia are beyond the technical or resource reach of our society. The people are environmentalists and yet they refuse to paint or upkeep their houses because it’s natural to just let the wood fall back to its natural state.


The casual discussion of nuclear fission and fusion was surprising. Callenbach placed the genesis of Ecotopia with an article he researched and wrote titled “The Scandal of Ecotopiia Sewage”. Jul 23, Quinton rated it it was amazing.

Try to read on and ignore the flaws because the landscape of a possible World of Reunion that he lays out is magnificent in many ways.

But without these alternate visions, we get stuck on dead center. You convinced me to give it a try, and half way though Pump Six I’m really satisfied.

There is no cult of the presidency. Ecotopia is hard evidence that good solutions only go as far as the people with good sense can carry th Reading Ecotopia today is like watching men trying to invent a flying machine by flapping big finely crafted wings, as they did so for hundreds of years.

Weston’s reports were read by veteran news reporter Edwin Newman.

Revisiting the 1970s eco-cult classic that gripped a nation

Jun 03, Chuck McGrady rated it really liked it. He also gets laid very often, perhaps to sweeten the pill. Glad ecoropia enjoyed it!

In the intervening years while on a congested and chaotic Market Street, I’ve often tried to imagine a stream and a garden path there instead. The characters are not much to talk about, and in resistance speak they would be easily called megaphones for the main message of “Ecotopia is great, long live the Great Leader of” Also, I’m sure that this book means a lot to many well meaning people. Since when is it environmental to waste wood by letting it rot away?


Jan 04, Fil rated it did not like it Shelves: So read it as a source of inspiration and you may well get something out of it. The imbedded reporter considers this, believes it’s true the reporter was a personal associate of the U. Nov 25, Lena rated it it was amazing Recommended to Lena by: In the end, I can only say that author was correct in his afterword, that although Ecotopia is remarkable as a first vision of such a green society, it is no longer a convincing or viable vision and is important mostly for being the first of its kind rather than the most persuasive, likely, or accurate.

This is a nov This is one of the most important books ever written — no joke.

The current governmental administration that of a woman-led but not exclusively female party, and government structures are highly decentralized. And about efficient agriculture, factories, and even government. Ecotopia is a flawed vision of a evotopia future. The scheme of the novel is quite juvenile but workable: I suspect that if it had been published as little as five years later it would have sunk like a stone. To ask other readers questions about Ecotopiaplease sign up.

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