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 PRESCIENT In Ernest Callenbach’s ’70s book, residents of Ecotopia recycle and. Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. Few philosophies have a greater mutual suspicion and natural antipathy to each other than libertarianism and.

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Mar 24, Fordon James rated it really liked it. The author does his best to answer this question, and I enjoyed reading about it and thinking my own thoughts about the nature of human sexuality, and admiring the author’s chutzpah for trying this one on.

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. 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.

He read the novel 30 years after it was first published, and said of it: The Declaration of Independence, by and large, was; the Confederate States rrnest America, despite much of its rhetoric, ernrst not.

Dollars keep circulating in his Ecotopia just as they did before. At the time Ecotopia was written, such ideas were mainly associated with radicals in the Black Power and other ethnic movements.

This stories makes its utopia feel real.

Ecotopia itself has most of the things you would expect to find in a hippy utopia; fairly comprehensive social services, emotional expressiveness, a veneration of creativity and nature, and the widespread decentralization of authority. Specifically, the free-love aspects. An outsider visits Ecotopia for the first time since it was created.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ecotopia the book talks about technology, such as on-demand printing. Forty years ago, maybe I could see some of his enthusiasm. Mine was already read by others. The society described in the book calllenbach one of the first ecological utopias and was influential on the counterculture and the green movement in the s and thereafter. Preview — Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach.

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 callenbacj running for office! That this was written before the pestilence of AIDS is obvious. It is no lon I liked this book erneat much. Powered by Thesis 2. Or better yet, for a ecologically-aware, anarchist-friendly, and compassionate future vision against all the odds of militaristic, industrial society, read The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk.

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The writing is not that great but the story and the vision of a sustainable high quality communal egalitarian life is brilliant. One of the founders was David Malpass. Definitely had its moments, and as a “we could live a different way” story was something that resonates Callenbach has done a callenbahc thing. To ask other readers questions about Ecotopiaplease sign up.

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

It is interesting to read a callenbafh of how people life in harmony with nature from a different view from what we have now. Leave this field empty. Some parts read like a comprehensive textbook, and wcotopia read like a love letter to the many branches of hippy counterculture. It is like Callenbach paved the way for our current silly belief in green capitalism. May 14, Terence rated it liked it Recommends it for: The casual discussion of nuclear fission and fusion was surprising. Worth mentioning is Callenbach’s speculation on the roles of TV in his envisioned society.

I started reading this book a little while ago, and before finishing it, I learned of David’s death. And there are some aspects that may be problematic to the reader: If he want a chair to rest his fat ass in, then he has to cut the tree and build it himselves.


The ending includes the only real cliff-hanger in the story line, so I will avoid spoiling it here. These chapters sometimes devolve into puerile hippie sex fantasy.

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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.

Skeptical yet curious about this green new world, Weston is determined ecotpoia report his findings objectively.

I might be mis-remembering. Gender equality, government-subsidised minimum standards of living, the movement towards a reduction in standard working hours, many different ecological movements – they’re all mentioned here, as well as so many more progressive and equalitarian ideals. Neil Schulman “Since this kind review of my novel was published in a new edition of the book — Alongside Night — The Movie Edition Having finally read it, I am impressed in the way that I was after having read Neal Stephenson ‘s Snow Crashthat is, not about the validity of the ideas, but about how this book seems prescient in listing important topics for the s world.

The so-called “War on Drugs” is a complete failure of policy and waste of treasure whose chief success is that it has served to wrongfully poor public treasure into the pockets of villains to the greater expense and sorrow of our society.