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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I applaud him until my hands hurt for having the optimism and naivety and general courage and fortitude to propose all these wonderful things.

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

Thorough-going education reform callenbavh described, along with a ecotopiz localized system of universal medical care. Retrieved 12 May Callenbaxh literature at the University of Utah, and libertarian theory in his spare time. Unfortunately I don’t recommend the book, as a book, but would suggest reading the first half of it for some thought-provoking suggestions on an environmentally friendly way of life.

As for “free” marijuana, we are in the midst of a world where many if not most people I know have tried marijuana, many people I know still love to enjoy it whether or dallenbach it is ‘legal’ to do so, and where many states have begun acknowledging that marijuana smoking is often far less dangerous to society or to individuals than, say, consuming alcohol, by easing laws and restrictions despite continuing federal opposition.

I’m not sure how workable some of the ideas are but they’re all thought-provoking; I’m dubious, though, that the hippy-dippy laid-back attitudes to work that he describes would be capable of producing the new technology that Ecotopia relies on.

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It all sounds good to me and most, but the second it comes down to true sacrifice, people jump ship as though it’s on fire.

Specifically, the free-love aspects. United States of America.

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. Nov 30, Daniel rated it it was ok Shelves: Some parts read like a comprehensive textbook, and others read like a love letter to the many branches of hippy counterculture. They ensure equality for women. I very much enjoyed the way it was structured, with different ‘articles’ describing different aspects of life in this imagined Ecotopian society.

It is good to get a hold of utopian scenarios. Some Ecotopians participate in a peculiar ritual of voluntary mock warfare, fought with actual weapons and often resulting in injuries.

Ecotopia was clearly born out of the political and economic turmoil of the s. The society Callenbach describes, despite the obvious problems with it, is a fascinating one though.

This is a jewel. Among the wonderful features of Ecotopia are: Skeptical yet curious about this green new world, Weston is determined to report his findings objectively.

And about clean energy. He was very much a “feeler,” someone quick to hug or touch and who had huge utopian ideas that included a strong focus on sustainability. What he allows economically he has to forbid politically: We are too much dead weight, we have to have a fixed wing and lots of power. See 1 question about Ecotopia…. Much of the environmentally benign energy, homebuilding, and transportation technology described by the author was based on his reading of research findings published in such journals as Scientific American and Science.


His struggle is obvious from the beginning and not particularly well portrayed. Few novels can survive that kind of thing; yet, callebach, Ecotopia has thrived, having now sold nearly a million copies in nine languages.

The new nation of Ecotopia consists of Ecotopja CaliforniaOregonand Washington ; it is hinted that Southern California is a lost cause. Jan 25, Kelly H. I do not consider it impossible even in our society that one day it might be possible for people callebach grow marijuana in window boxes and smoke it or bake it into brownies or other things if they so please as described in this novel.

BOOK REVIEW | Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

I wanted to read Ernest Callenbach ‘s Ecotopia since early Stories, like history, are about human action, and the locus of all action is the individual. This is a nov This is one of the most important books ever written — no joke.

The citizens are technologically creative, while remaining involved with and sensitive ecotoia nature. Yes, there are some naive or old-fashioned sections, but the majority of this book would be considered too progressive for some even today. If you are looking for excellent and artistic word smithing in a work of fiction, stop looking here: I might be mis-remembering.

I think about this book frequently.