A novel both timely and prophetic, Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia is a hopeful antidote to the environmental concerns of today, set in an. 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. Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. Few philosophies have a greater mutual suspicion and natural antipathy to each other than libertarianism and.

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In this independent land, cars are abolished, everybody recycles, and sewage is turned to fertilizer.

Revisiting the s eco-cult classic that gripped a nation | Grist

In some ways anticipating C-SPANwhich would first be broadcast inEcotopia mentions that the daily life of the legislature and some of that of the judicial courts is televised in Ecotopia. The very opposite of the beautiful future envisioned by Callenbach. The Beacon The Weekly. Army usually walk watch Dcotopia Weston woman women wood young.

During callenbacb s when Ecotopia was written and published, many prominent counterculture and new left thinkers decried the consumption and overabundance that they perceived as characteristic of post-World War Two America. 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!

By and large I think he succeeds. You get a litany eccotopia “how it would work if we’d all just get with program” inside a coating of predictable prose.


And there are some aspects that may be problematic to the reader: Worth mentioning is Callenbach’s speculation on the roles of TV in his envisioned society. Race and gender roles are likely to raise an eyebrow for modern readers. Sexual equality, sustainability, 3D printing, FaceTime, community, guilt avoidance warfare, recycling, solar power, environmental harmony, social justice, and my personal favorite – the revision of the Protestant work ethic.

Now, twenty years later, this isolated, mysterious nation is welcoming its first officially sanctioned American visitor: Truly a must read, though, because Callenbach surely also knew as much himself.

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

So, poor story, only fair story telling wrapped around a creamy center of political claptrap. Callenbach shows us an alternative to the corporate- and profit-dominated world we live in now.

In a way, it ecotopis like I was reading a foundational manifesto for a very specific environmental philosophy that has existed in the periphery of my understanding for quite some time. Mar 09, Richard rated it really liked it. If Callenbach is embarrassed by any of this 30 years on, he gives no indication in the new afterword.

It is unfortunate to say that the book has not aged well. To ask other readers questions about Ecotopiaplease sign up.

You just want to get to that stable point and stay there The Declaration of Independence, by and large, was; the Confederate States of America, despite much of its rhetoric, was not. Since when is it environmental to waste wood by letting it rot away?

BOOK REVIEW | Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Now, twenty years later, this isolated, mysterious nation is welcoming its first officially sanctioned American visitor: The protagonist is Will Weston, a reporter for the New York Times-Post who is the first American to travel to Ecotopia, nineteen years after secession. A visitor from the USA.


And yet, the longer its been since I’ve read this, the more it works on me. However, the national government of Ecotopia is weak in comparison to local governments. Neil Schulman “Since this kind review of my novel was published in a new edition of the book — Alongside Night — The Movie Edition The “leading edges” his main ideas for Ecotopian values and practices were patterns in actual social experimentation taking place in the American West.

Reading this was a priority for me because I have known many who speak of this book as a revolutionary, holistic blueprint for a sustainable society. The total absence of and failure to even consider the today taken-for-granted-of trend of vegetarianism, for example, was shocking.

Part of the novel is his private journal entries; the other parts his published columns. Evil is in exile, banished to the old world beyond the borders.

I can see the complications this would have brought to what is otherwise a comprehensive look at an alternative society, but I can’t argue in favour of just ignoring an entire people simply because they’re hard to include.

I suppose the book for me might be summed up in 3 words, “oh come on.