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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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.

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Preview — Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. 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.

The reviews were imaginationless, blindered ernestt “pragmatics” as determined by the corporate PR that has filtered through our textbooks, media and social engineering for the last 40 years. See 1 question about Ecotopia….

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

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! The writer’s use of language speaks to the era the common use of the great “F” word to be daring for example.


At the time Ecotpia was written, vallenbach ideas were mainly associated with radicals in the Black Power and other ethnic movements.

It becomes obvious, early on, that the plot is so thin that the only thing going for it is it’s cleverness and uniqueness, but this becomes too flimsy to enjoy.

That probably wasn’t the word used at the time, but I never had met someone quite like David.

This is the old archetype of The Stranger exploring and explaining The New World, struggling for objectivity while not really having any at first. Half the chapters are his formal reports for the newspaper, the other half — in italics — are his personal journals.

The values eernest by those Ecotopians depicted in the novel reflect the values espoused by its author. Ecotopia is very much a novel of its time.

View all 6 comments. As for “free” marijuana, we are in the midst of a world where many if not most people I know have tried ecotipia, 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.

Whether paid trolls of not their responses were self-policing trollisms on behalf of the neoliberal tyranny.

These chapters sometimes devolve into puerile hippie sex fantasy. Being quite pragmatic myself, I never quite understood David. Now about the actual book. Ecotopia was clearly born out of the political and economic turmoil of the s. And about the tenuous relationship between entertainment and advertisements. Perhaps this is why, to a society rent by social, political, and economic disturbances, nothing could be more romantic than an evenly rotating economy.


Callenbach placed the genesis of Ecotopia eecotopia an article he researched and wrote titled “The Scandal of Our Sewage”. 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.

Ecotopia – Wikipedia

The urban-ecology movement, concerned with a new approach to urban planning. Prior to Weston’s reporting, most Americans had been barred from entering the new country, which is depicted as being on continual guard against revanchism. The scheme of the novel is quite juvenile but workable: As Callenbach poses these mechanisms as a moral problem respect for nature, etc.

Specifically, the free-love aspects. Part of the novel is his private journal entries; the callnebach parts his published columns. As human beings we are sexual creatures by nature. You just want to get to that stable point and stay there Ecotopia is ostensibly about a secessionist Northwest — northern California, Oregon, and Washington — founded on ecological principles.