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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There is far too much extremely dated technology and references to a long by-gone era.

Nice fantasy, but not really plausible enough to be an important book. Return to Book Page. His objective skepticism is quickly eroded by this green Utopian playground in which respect for living things is the society’s primary value. And yet authors of that time period could not imagine its demise, as I have seen in at least three books before this one. I always enjoy when books about alternate futures focus on the way people live instead of a dramaticized plot.

This book gives me hope that there are more people out there who would like to see the same. Agriculture and large-scale industrial capital are nationalized. But the rest of us ought to be a little more objective. Preview — Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach.

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

Ernest Callenbach in his Berkeley garden. You convinced me to give it a try, and half way though Pump Six I’m really satisfied. I was amused that what started the Ecotopian succession from the United States was yet another desperate financial meltdown. That said, other reviewers have rightly said that the book is sexist, racist, and naive.


Perhaps we are always bound to dream of fictional worlds as an antidote to our own. View all 6 comments. In this independent land, cars are abolished, everybody recycles, and sewage is turned to fertilizer.

I started reading this book a little while ago, and before finishing it, I learned of David’s death. And since books that present our almost certainly bleak future as having the possibility of positive chance are rare, it is worth reading.

HayekEcotopia is the most plausible utopia I have encountered, because it does not seek the perfection of humans or of nature. Overall, it presented some interesting ideas and concepts, but I would say that Ernest Callenbach took an easy, whitewashed way out when it came to presenting how racial harmony coexists in Ecotopian society.

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Even in areas in which we would expect an onerous legal burden, Ecotopia offers a surprising amount of czllenbach. Ecotopia is hard evidence that good solutions only go as far as the people with good sense can carry them.

Ecotopian novels … exude a curious feeling of security, almost like 19th-century English novels: This, along with the novel’s hopeless view on the future of race relations, give the reader some sense of hope that maybe our present is better than Callenbach’s imagined future, at least in some small ways.

They turned to politics because it was finally the only route to self-preservation.


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The urban-ecology movement, concerned with a new approach to urban planning. Oh yes, let’s cut down even more trees than we already are.

Together with Weston who at the beginning is curious about, but not particularly sympathetic to the Ecotopiansthe reader learns about the Ecotopian transportation system and the preferred lifestyle that includes a wide range of gender roles, sexual freedomand acceptance of non-monogamous relationships.

The society described in the book is one of the first ecological utopias and was influential on the counterculture and the green movement in the s and thereafter. Retrieved 12 May Because I could have been living in Ecotopia instead of reading it.

An outsider visits Ecotopia for the first time since it was created. It would be like the proverbial shooting of fish in a barrel. His struggle is obvious from the beginning and not particularly well portrayed. In other words, it was a time much like our own, which may be why there has been a renewal of interest in callnbach book in the last few years. Half the chapters are his formal reports for the newspaper, the other half — in italics — are his personal journals.

This includes even confirmed classics such as Utopiathat gave the genre its name in the 16th century. People are critical of ecotopiia at all levels.