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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The Pacific Northwest secedes and forms a new country, Ecotopia, based on a sustainable steady-state model rather than the perpetual-growth model that is capitalism. The book is set in 25 years in callenhach future from and consists of diary entries and reports of journalist William Weston, who is the first American mainstream media reporter to investigate Ecotopia, a small country that broke away from the United States ecotpoia This is the old archetype of The Stranger exploring and explaining The New World, struggling for objectivity while not really having any at first.

To ask other readers questions about Ecotopiaplease sign up. On the other hand, millions of us boomers survived the animated Peter Pan only ernes shudder in horror when showing it to our children.

Reading this was a priority for me because I have known many who speak of this book as callenbacu revolutionary, holistic blueprint for a sustainable society. Demeaning to men ecotoia women alike, very dated with racist and sexist overtones, seemed written by a pre-pubescent idiot with zero understanding of basic human emotions and motivations — with very little political and economic acumen to boot. 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!

The casual discussion of nuclear fission and fusion was surprising. Having finally read it, I am impressed in the way that I was after having read Neal Stephenson ‘s Snow Crash cqllenbach, that is, not about the validity of the ideas, but about how this book seems prescient in listing important topics for the s world.


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Attitudes toward sex are looser and politically it is egalitarian Ecotopia has a woman president. There’s also quite a lot on racial and gender segregation, enough to fuel a raging talk about racism and feminism, and how Callenbach is this and that.

Customers who bought this item also bought. I was pleasantly surprised, however, at how well the novel read.

Walden Two Hackett Classics. 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 my understanding for quite some time. You get a litany of “how ecotoppia would work if we’d all just get with program” inside a coating of predictable prose. The citizens are technologically creative, while remaining involved with and sensitive to nature.

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

Even highly technical debates are televised, addressing the needs and desires of Ecotopian viewers. Stemming in method from “Erewhon” by Samuel Butler, the book, describing a 70’s version of an ecologically sound future, moves right along and is competently written.

He would eat grass and lie ernset the floor. It is no lon I liked this book very much. Perhaps we are always bound to dream of fictional worlds as an antidote to our own.

And yet, the longer its been since I’ve read this, the more it works on me. What he sees is a eco-friendly nation, that was able to change habits, and create a new society. Of interest, from a plot stand-point were the hints of a war with the U. Members of his fictional society prefer to demonstrate a conscious selectivity toward technology, so that not ecptopia human health and sanity might be preserved, but also social and ecological wellbeing.

The soft-energy movement, championed by Amory Lovins and others. Ny the No Future community Berardi has partially been addressing. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Ecotopia November 25 15 Nov 27, Oddly if you’ll take a look at the attempt at a story here you’ll see that even here told by someone who believes it View all 6 ecitopia. 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.


I’ve seen reviews on this site that excoriated this novel due to the “free” sex and the “free” marijuana featured as a part of Ecotopian culture, and I’d like to comment on these things as well but not to excoriate them.


Nov 27, Fiona rated it it was amazing Shelves: Evil is in exile, banished to the old world beyond the borders. A good friend offered me a worn out paperback, that was probably read by many people. But even today, the novel is assigned reading for college courses in political science and environmental studies. Most Americans have been barred from traveling to Ecotopia and the book is made up of the newspaper articles and the diary entries of Will Weston, the first American mainstream reporter to visit.

This is a nov This is one of the most important books ever written — no joke. As well, ecktopia treasure personal quality-of-life values, such as health and friendliness, and both meaningful discussion and play. Maybe people change, and quickly, if society changes around them.

View all 4 comments. I’m not sure that society will eventually resemble Callenbach’s ideas, but it ernesg been a very influential book. Despite Weston’s initial reservations, throughout the novel Ecotopian citizens are characterized as clever, technologically resourceful, emotionally expressive, and even occasionally violent — but also socially responsible, patriotic. The story of how Ecotopia was created seems unlikely, but if you look at all the countries that have devolved since the mid 70s like the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia and all the areas that would like to split callenbacj, like Scotland, Flanders, Catalonia and most certainly Kurdistan, then perhaps this is not so wild of an idea.

His struggle is obvious from the beginning and not particularly well portrayed.