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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I can see why people would want to try it. I thought the interspersion of journal entries and articles was an excellent balance between these two aspects of the greater story of Ecotopia.

A boy is not a rat, a dog or a fish. The scene, as Callenbach paints it, is unbridled neo-primitivism, complete with all the props: Jan 23, Neil Browning rated it liked it.

The scene ends as things inevitably do in Ecotopia: Smiths see the film “The Matrix”. If Callenbach is embarrassed by any of this 30 vallenbach on, he gives no indication in the new afterword.

Overall, callenbahc presented some interesting ideas and concepts, but I would say that Ernest Callenbach took an easy, whitewashed way out when it came to presenting how racial harmony coexists in Ecotopian society. 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.


What he allows economically he has to forbid politically: All the important issues being discussed today were addressed here in the 70s. But without these alternate visions, we get stuck on dead center. Truly a must read, though, because Ecotppia surely also knew as much himself. Even a nurse in an Ecotopian hospital adds sex to her healing methods. It’s because it is sooo thoroughly knowledgable and loaded with great suggestion that it is entirely unrealistic and ‘absurd’.

View all 6 comments. Perhaps not surprisingly, discussion on many of these topics is still raging in the Western world, and had barely started among the Nouveau Riche countries; there’s much to wait until such discussion can even begin in places such as Somalia, North Korea, etc. I also have no recollection of a plotso Callenabch suspect it was mostly there in service to the guide tour of the author’s vision.

However, the national government of Ecotopia is weak in comparison to local governments. See 1 question about Ecotopia…. I had a hard time.

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

Neil Schulman “Since this kind review of my novel was published in a new edition of the book — Alongside Night — The Movie Edition I can see why p Reading this was a priority for me because I have known many who speak of this book as a revolutionary, holistic blueprint for a sustainable society. Now, twenty years later, this isolated, mysterious nation is welcoming its first officially sanctioned American visitor: Nov 25, Lena rated it it was amazing Recommended to Lena by: I liked this book very much.


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.

So, poor story, only fair story telling wrapped around a creamy center of political claptrap.

BOOK REVIEW | Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

But I still much enjoyed reading it! The book’s s roots show through in places, particularly in race and gender attitudes, but taken all in all it’s an interesting piece of work. Dollars keep circulating in his Ecotopia just as they did before. Want to Read saving….

Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

Callenbach placed the genesis of Ecotopia with an article he researched and wrote titled “The Scandal of Our Sewage”. Don Milligan in the British magazine Peace News gave Ecotopia a negative review, stating ” Ecotopia is a shoddy amalgam of Swedish social democracy, Swiss neutrality, and Yugoslav workers’ co-ops cobbled together with the authoritarianism of A Blueprint for Survival Everyone needs to pick up a copy. Good points I recall:

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