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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My overwhelming impression of this book is one of optimism and hope; belief in the better nature of h ECO- from the Greek oikos household or home TOPIA- from the Greek topos place Ecotopia is one of the books that I’m happy to say is going to be in my brain forever. Public drunkenness is no longer a crime, though violent offenses are punished more harshly than in the United States.

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

It is high time that their influence, which has already done harm enough, should be overthrown. He read the novel 30 years after it was first published, and said of it: The author answers a question: The characterization in particular is not very well done.


I have mixed feelings about this book. The scene, as Callenbach paints it, is unbridled neo-primitivism, complete with all the props: We have to fire our jets against gravity.

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!

Like building a sand castle with dry sand. This was written at arguably the beginning of the modern eco movement and shows it’s “colors” throughout. Callenbach said of the story, in relation to Americans: If you have read as I have Charles Eisenstein’s “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible”; If you are tired of living in “the world of Separation” and long for living in “a world of Reunion”; if you wonder what that world might actually look and feel like – have a look at one man’s vision of it by reading “Ecotopia.

The soft-energy movement, championed by Amory Lovins and others. His calpenbach captors spirit him away to a hot springs in the foothills. New Year, New U-Lock.

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

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This approach just as much as unrestrained strip mining and clear cutting lacks balance and in the end is believe it or not a failing set of ideas.

Jan 25, Kelly H. It is callenbcah to propose a system of direct, personal and ecological exchange and to permit at the same time the vehicle of anonymous, indirect, centralized circulation ecotopiq. 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. Collective, co-operative, low impact! The narrator discovers that Ecotopian healing practices may include sexual stimulation.


Mar 09, Richard rated it really liked it.

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InAudio Renaissance released a partial dramatization of Ecotopia on audiocassettes in the form of recordings of a radio network broadcast the Allied News Network replacing the Times-Post. And yet authors of that time period callenbahc not imagine its demise, as I have seen in at least three books before this one. And that’s a good thing. View all 20 comments. Perhaps this is why, to a society rent by social, political, and economic disturbances, nothing could be more romantic than an evenly rotating economy.

Ecotopia is a new country, its territory consists of Northen California, Oregon and Washing This is a jewel.

Retrieved from ” https: I can see the complications this would have brought to what is otherwise a callenach 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.

Ecotopia is, for environmentalists, what Star Trek has been to physicists and astronomers and astronauts since just a few years earlier — the map that points the way to the next frontier.