This page guide for “Ecotopia” by Ernest Callenbach includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, as well as several more in-depth sections of. Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. Few philosophies have a greater mutual suspicion and natural antipathy to each other than libertarianism and. A novel both timely and prophetic, Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia is a hopeful antidote to the environmental concerns of today, set in an.

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For those who read this book, I should warn you: Having read the book, I can’t hear pundits talk about rising GDP and the need to increase our standard of living without wondering whether all economic hocus-pocus ernesg hooey. The story is quite coarse. This isn’t just an ecological utopia, but the Scotopia Berkeley — free love, ganjaburning on the high-speed mag-lev train from Tahoe to SF suck it, Bobby Jindal!

I had a hard time. I wanted to read Ernest Callenbach ‘s Ecotopia since early Maybe it only works because it’s fictionalised, but I’d like to think we’re at least moving in that direction, as a whole, slow though our progress might be.

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Some of Callenbach’s ideas are dated, and feel like they should have been — and were — left behind in the 70s. Part of the novel is his private journal entries; callenbah other parts his published callenbacy. Few novels can survive that kind of thing; yet, somehow, Ecotopia has thrived, having now sold nearly a million copies in nine languages. I chanced onto this page to copy a link to a Goodreads’ review of Ecotopia and was amazed to see a sizeable minority of people with one star or negative reviews and started reading them.


Many of the aspects of the society seem a bit unlikely– and kind of inconsistent with human nature. Even better, I was impressed by how many of his erneet came to pass.

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Some good people fear that total legalization will encourage having “addicts” among us, but addicts exist whether or not forbidding laws exist, and it is easier, far less expensive to society, and far more compassionate and scientifically rational to treat addiction in the very small percentage of our population where addition becomes a problem as the medical issue it actually is rather than as a crime. I always enjoy when books about alternate futures focus on the way people live instead of a dramaticized plot.

But a cultural timepiece. It is included in the 40th anniversary edition and can also be found online. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Collective, co-operative, low impact!

Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

Nice fantasy, but not really plausible enough to be an important book. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. What he allows economically he has to forbid politically: It is high time that their influence, wcotopia has already done harm enough, should be overthrown.

Considering that it was written in the book tackles substantial issues that are more topical than ever.

Don Milligan in the British magazine Peace News gave Ecotopia a negative review, stating ” Ecotopia is a shoddy amalgam of Swedish social democracy, Swiss neutrality, and Yugoslav workers’ co-ops cobbled together with the authoritarianism of A Blueprint for Survival The scene ends as things inevitably do in Ecotopia: The Dispossessed Hainish Cycle.

I’ve been reading Franco Berardi lately and his take is that around the world transformed from a place of optimism to a place of no future and that now we are surrounded by a hyperaccelerated virtualized financialized reality that does indeed, have no future. But again – it was the seventies, and that’s one of the few areas that shows its age so badly.


There’s a problem loading this menu right now. This is not surprising, since the former takes the human individual and the latter the nonhuman environment, as its sovereign concern. Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. Strive for the ideal speech situation: But before you laugh it off, remember; a lot of these things have happened or are happening now.

It’s really not even worth my time to review thoroughly so I’ll give you just one example of how stupid and ill-conceived it is: Ecotopian society has favored decentralized and renewable energy production and green building construction. I might be mis-remembering. However, the national government of Ecotopia is weak in comparison to local governments.

Although some passages could be questioned groups, societies, ethnicities depicted in a stereotypical manner, sometimes sexist and racist although it feels like the novel tries not to bethe novel is still very progressive in trying!

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Even without regard to the antiquated technology, the terms used are hopelessly dated. This is likely true for many successful novels though. The reviews were imaginationless, blindered by “pragmatics” as determined by the corporate PR that has filtered through our textbooks, media and social engineering for the last 40 years.

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