©2007 Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"'The Death of Environmentalism'...has provoked a civil war among tree-huggers for its assertion that 'modern environmentalism...must die so that something new can live.' Sad to say, the authors are right." (New York Times)
This is a fresh look at how to approach the deteriorating condition of the globe as well as minkind's role in the problem and practical approach to solutions. The positive approach of how to solve environmental concerns was refreshing. However, the criticism of past approaches was overdone and somewhat counterproductive.
Nordhaus and Shellenberger give us a new vision of post environmentalism, an ugly nightmare where wilderness and biodiversity are all just human constructs and people revert into fantasy to find reality. In a world of finite resources the infinite possibilities of our imaginations cannot trump the real world of limitations. Nordhaus and Shellenberger have been watching too much T.V.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
This book is not particularly well written; it jumps around, and occasionally loses focus. Nevertheless, I consider it a “must read” because it addresses, from a fundamentally liberal perspective, the glaring weaknesses of environmentalism, as well as many aspects of liberalism generally.
I used to consider myself both liberal and environmentalist. But, over the years, the underlying pessimism of both systems has driven me away. This book shines a light upon many of these aspects of pessimism, and proposes a renewed system to focus the world’s creativity and optimism on making progress towards real prosperity (which includes positive ecological change).
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