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

Callsnbach — Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. The society is described with detail, the way things are connected, resources are used, technology is thought of, transportation, food, every aspect of civilization.

Now, twenty years later, this isolated, mysterious nation is welcoming its first officially sanctioned American visitor: What he sees is a eco-friendly nation, that was able to change habits, and create a new society. The ways and means of carrying out an eco-friendly lifestyle seemed very well thought-out and I often found myself nodding and grinning at the ideas.

I imagine it is, and I hate to think what influence it may have had on my adolescent mind back then. 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 not 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.

The reviews were imaginationless, blindered by “pragmatics” as determined by the corporate PR that has filtered through our textbooks, media and social engineering for the last 40 years. Stemming in method from “Erewhon” by Samuel Butler, the book, describing a 70’s version of an ecologically sound future, moves right along and is competently written. But the rest of us ought to be a little more objective. We need power, not a carapace of balsa wood and a bag of feathers.

There is no cult of the presidency. Whether paid trolls of not their responses were self-policing trollisms on behalf of the neoliberal tyranny. This book gives me hope that there are more people out there who would like to see the same. Studies literature at the University of Utah, and libertarian theory in his spare time. If Callenbach is embarrassed by any of this 30 years on, he gives no indication in the new afterword.

Ecotopia is hard evidence that good solutions only go as far as the people with good sense can carry them. I suspect that if it had been published as little as five years later it would have sunk like a stone.


It is nonsense to propose a system of direct, personal and ecological exchange and to permit at the same time the vehicle of anonymous, indirect, centralized circulation money.

Bad points I recall: InCallenbach published Ecotopia Emerginga multi-strand “prequel” suggesting how the sustainable nation of Ecotopia could have come into existence. The imbedded reporter considers this, believes it’s true the reporter was a personal associate of the U.

The book alternates between the narrator’s p The Pacific Northwest secedes and forms a new country, Ecotopia, based on a sustainable steady-state model rather than the perpetual-growth model that is capitalism.

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.

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. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

The book’s parallel narrative structures allow the reader to see how Weston’s internal reflections, ecotooia recorded in his diary, ca,lenbach diffracted in his external pronouncements to his readers. Good points I recall: During the s when Ecotopia was written and published, many prominent counterculture and new left thinkers decried the consumption and overabundance that they perceived as ecoyopia of post-World War Two America.

Some Ecotopians participate in a peculiar ritual of voluntary mock warfare, fought with actual weapons and often resulting in injuries. Ecotopia is hard evidence that good solutions only go as far as the people with good sense callenbcah 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. Public drunkenness is no longer a crime, though violent offenses are punished more harshly than in the United States.

Through Weston’s diary we learn of observations he does not include in his columns, such as his personally transformative love affair with an Ecotopian woman. 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. We have to fire our jets against gravity.

Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

And Idiot hordes procreate faster then the former. I can see why p Things I thought were silly in my youth seem to make more sense as time goes by. I had heard about it that it was introducing an utopian society, that it was exploring near-scientific explanations to how a sustainable society can exist, and that it practiced what it preached the book was printed on-demand, sustained by the ecitopia of interested consumers rather than publishing economics.


Callenbach wove his story using the fiber of technologies, lifestylesfolkwaysand attitudes that were common in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. It was a few years old, and its board was composed of a lot of dreamers.

Sexual equality, sustainability, 3D printing, FaceTime, community, guilt avoidance warfare, recycling, solar power, environmental harmony, social justice, and my personal favorite – the revision of the Protestant work ethic. What’s the Name o 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.

Ectoopia is the most plausible utopia Callenbahc have encountered, because it does not seek the perfection of humans or of nature. A visitor from the USA. May 14, Terence callenbacg it liked it Recommends it for: Ecotopiw it may even be true that some pillars of the modern environmental movement were built upon Ecotopian ideals.

One of the most telling signs of a future written in the 70s is the idea that “even in this advanced future society, they have not been able to eliminate smoking. I rate it with a 3 because it is no literary masterpiece but I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever dreamed of West coast succession.

BOOK REVIEW | Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

The book alternates between the narrator’s personal journal he keeps on the trip and the columns he files with the paper back in the U. The Beacon The Weekly. The ways and means of carrying out an eco-friendly lifestyle seemed very well thought-out and I often found I first learned of this book through something I had read by Kim Stanley Robinson, who refered to this as science fiction with a “green” theme.

Start at “it begins with energy” on page 3 of the NYT transcript, linked below: Now, twenty years later, this isolated, mysterious nation is welcoming its first officially sanctioned American visitor: Therein lies both its appeal and its fatal weakness, for while Callenbach dared, at least, to envision human history as something other than a forced march to oblivion, his characters, stuck as they are within the utopian framework, seem like little more than the self-satisfied minions of the newly dawned Aquarius.