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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. In the online Earth Island JournalEcotopia was reviewed by Brian Smith, identifying himself as a child not of the s but the s.

Aug 10, Citra rated it it calenbach amazing Shelves: Aside from the occasional whiff of authoritarianism, there are no politics to speak of here. View all 56 comments. Ecotopia is a new country, its territory consists of Northen California, Oregon and Washing This is a jewel.

Perhaps not surprisingly, discussion on many of these topics is still raging in the Western world, and had barely started among the Nouveau Riche countries; there’s much to wait until such discussion can even begin in places such as Somalia, North Korea, etc.

Public drunkenness is no longer a crime, though violent offenses are punished more harshly than in the United States. But even today, the novel is assigned reading for college courses in political science and environmental studies. The author does his best to answer this question, and I enjoyed reading about it and thinking my own thoughts about the nature of human sexuality, and admiring the author’s chutzpah for trying this one on.

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Forty years ago, maybe I callenbqch see some of his enthusiasm. You hear people talking about the idea of Ecotopia, or about the Northwest as Ecotopia.


Good points I recall: Here’s the No Future community Berardi has partially been addressing. Preview — Ecotopia by Ernest Ecoropia. Ecotopia is very much a novel of its time. For a very different, though hardly as positive viewpoint about future direction, check out Derrick Jensen. This includes even confirmed classics such as Utopiathat gave the genre its name in the 16th century.

Callenbadh scheme of the novel is quite juvenile but workable: The Ecotopian solutions to problems like pollution, unemployment, welfare etc. Apr 21, Sandyssandersatt. Maybedog rated it did not like it Shelves: Now, twenty years callenbah, this isolated, mysterious nation is welcoming its first officially sanctioned American visitor: I liked this book very much.

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.

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

The national defense strategy has focused on developing a highly advanced arms industry, while also allegedly maintaining hidden WMD within major US population centers to discourage conquest and annexation. It is nonsense to propose a system of direct, personal and ecological exchange and to permit at the same time the vehicle of callembach, indirect, centralized circulation money.

I didnt get ecotlpia enough to find out what that was about but it disturbed me. The philosophies are wildly ecentric, and idealistic, but often very inspiring and uplifting. Selected pages Title Page. However, the national government of Ecotopia is weak in comparison to local governments.

Some of Callenbach’s ideas are dated, and feel like they should have been — and were — left behind in the 70s. Therein lies both its appeal and its fatal weakness, for while Callenbach dared, at least, to envision human history as something other than a forced march to oblivion, his characters, stuck as they are within the utopian framework, seem like little more than the self-satisfied minions of the newly dawned Aquarius.


Ecotopiw the citizens of Ecotopia would often leave gatherings to have sex and then return, or that they had multiple partners, and that many places were clothing optional, seems a look back to the past rather than a view of the future.

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Money as a general means of measurement presupposes mass-production only in this case are goods measurable and comparablea centralized bank system, mass distribution, etc. The total absence of and failure to even consider the today taken-for-granted-of trend of vegetarianism, for example, was shocking.

We can do everything we do now in more or less the same way, but we can do it differently and sustainably and green. That certainly makes this work of fiction extremely relevant to the uncertain world we live in today with “too big to fail” financial institutions, billionaires using “Citizens United” to buy our government and even running for office!

calleenbach This is the old archetype of The Stranger exploring and explaining The New World, struggling for objectivity while not really having any at first. The writer’s use of language speaks to the era the common use of the great “F” word to be daring for example. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Retrieved from ” https: What’s the Name o Truly a must read, though, because Callenbach surely also knew as much himself.