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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 Dispossessed Hainish Cycle. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: And yet authors of that time period could not imagine its demise, as I have seen in at least three books before this one. And about efficient agriculture, factories, and even government. It is like Callenbach paved the way for our current silly belief in green capitalism.

The next twenty years should be be interesting – you can get a heads up by reading this book.

Jul 23, Quinton rated it it was amazing. View all 4 comments.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. This s read is a hippie Utopian vision.

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The technology and terminology of sustainability have evolved so much, and the language of Ecotopia has been left behind. The society Callenbach describes, despite bby obvious problems with it, is a fascinating one though. Nov 27, Fiona rated it it was amazing Shelves: We have to fire our jets against gravity.

Now, twenty years later, this isolated, mysterious nation is welcoming its first officially sanctioned American visitor: In a way, it felt like I was reading ecitopia foundational manifesto for a very specific environmental philosophy caloenbach has existed in the periphery of my understanding for quite some time. 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.


Even highly technical debates are televised, addressing the needs and desires of Ecotopian viewers.

Set up a giveaway. It took me almost four years to get there. The imbedded reporter considers this, believes it’s true the reporter was a personal associate of the U. As a writer, Abbey was in another league, but his sensibilities were also a world apart. Years later he came up to me and told me that he had re-read it as a “full” adult and he now agreed with me: A good friend offered me a worn out paperback, that was probably read by many people.

Ecotopia is hard evidence that good solutions only go as far as the people with good sense can carry them. The Ecotopian solutions to problems like pollution, unemployment, welfare etc. I might be mis-remembering. Note that there isn’t really much of a plot here. This has been used as far back as Thomas Moores Utopia and in one of my favorite utopian novels, Island by Aldous Huxley. Five stars for imagination, given that this was written back in the 70s.

Glad you enjoyed it! While they aimed to merely throw a wrench in the works of industrial civilization, Callenbach conjured a model society — a City on a Hill, so to speak — where humans could live in balance with nature.

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Yes, there are some naive or old-fashioned sections, but the majority of this book would be considered too progressive for some even today. Callenbach placed the genesis of Ecotopia with an article he researched and wrote titled “The Scandal of Our Sewage”. I started reading this book a little while ago, and before finishing it, I learned of David’s death. For those who read this book, I should warn you: Perhaps back in the early 70s, when this book was being written, they only seemed possible through secession, but now they are being implemented state by state.


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It’s antiquated and may even have offending inscriptions, but it’s important to remember. Ecotopia is the most plausible utopia I have encountered, because it does not seek the perfection of humans or of nature.

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Ecotopian customers could choose selected print media from a jukebox -like device that would then print and bind the book. One person found this helpful. The protagonist is Will Weston, wcotopia reporter for the New York Times-Post who is the first American to travel to Ecotopia, nineteen years after secession.

Prior ecotopiw Weston’s reporting, most Americans had been barred from entering the new country, which is depicted as being on continual guard against revanchism.

His old beliefs challenged, his cynicism replaced by hope, Weston meets a sexually forthright Ecotopian woman and undertakes a relationship whose intensity will lead him to a critical choice between two worlds.

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