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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It is exactly this basic anonymity and non-responsibility of everyone for everything that causes and permits all those mechanisms of destruction of nature and people.

Of interest, from a plot stand-point were the hints of a war with the U. Creating even a pale version of Ecotopia in our real world ecitopia separation is my personal dream; it is a difficult work but not to take this path is a certain ride on a downward spiral into a destroyed ecosystem filled with bitterly embattled survivors trying to secure what’s left for themselves alone.

It piqued my interest and I was delighted when I could find this. Native Americans are given short shrift; they clearly exist but are not mentioned as a part of the world of the novel.

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And about schooling systems. Selected pages Title Page. I’m a die-hard lefty and I still think this is a terrible book. Some aspects of the Ecotopian lifestyle seemed to be hold-overs from the ‘s lifestyle.

View all 6 comments. There are many topics, with enough detail each, to start a meaningful discussion this is ! If you are looking for excellent and artistic word smithing in a work of fiction, stop looking here: At the time, the first prediction must have seemed like a much safer bet than the second, though subsequent history proved the opposite to be the case.


I can’t remember reading a book of fiction which so strongly brought to mind a person I knew, but this book is David. For ecotooia Oregon album, see Ecotopia album.

We need power, not a carapace of balsa wood and a bag of feathers. We can do everything we do now in more or les The story as told by a reporter ecotipia the remaining United States visiting Ecotopia — the seceded northwest bio-region of Northern California, Oregon, and Washington — after 20 years of isolationism. What he sees is a eco-friendly nation, that was able to change habits, and create a new society.

Aside from the occasional whiff of authoritarianism, there are no politics to speak of here.

Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

One of the founders was David Malpass. Don’t waste your time, read something about real change and real activism. Even without regard to the antiquated technology, the terms used are hopelessly dated. Ecotopia November 25 15 Nov 27, Ecotopia is hard evidence that good solutions only go as far as the people with good sense can carry th Reading Ecotopia today is like watching men trying to invent a flying machine by flapping big finely crafted wings, as they did so for hundreds of years.

Paperback callenbacn, pages. His benevolent captors spirit him away to a hot springs in the foothills. In the end, I can only say that author was correct in his afterword, that although Ecotopia is remarkable as a first vision of such a green society, it is no longer a convincing or viable vision and is important mostly for being the first of its kind rather than the most persuasive, likely, or accurate.


Jun 03, Chuck McGrady rated it really liked it. Want to Read saving…. Read more from Ray Mangum. Maybe it only works because it’s fictionalised, but I’d like to think we’re at least moving in that direction, as a whole, slow though our progress might be. It’s not great literature, but it is an interesting read. Preview — Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. This page was last edited on 7 Mayat And about social relations. What’s so incredible is that I last taught this book maybe in — and much, much more of reality has aligned with Callenbach’s vision since.

Thomas Jefferson and other American patriots were quoted calllenbach its defense.

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

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The current governmental administration that of a woman-led but not exclusively female party, and government structures are highly decentralized.