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Can Life Prevail?
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The essence of Linkola's ecophilosophy is conservationism: the whole of our biodiversity carries an intrinsic value. That means protecting ancient forests and rare species is more important than driving an SUV to work, buying every new shiny product from the supermarket, and throwing trash where it suits you. Linkola's plan to stop ecocide is simple: roll back human expansion to sensible levels and return to a local, practical and simpler lifestyle in harmony with nature. Linkola, to be fair, is cynical about the situation. He recognizes that a society too focused on individual desire will always satisfy special public interests instead of looking at the cold reality. That is why he proposes radical solutions to radical problems.
Most of what Linkola says, although it would force even the most radical green-leaning liberal to back down, is close to what many of us would call traditional common sense. We only have one planet. One life.Read more ›
But, as time goes on, it becomes clear that nothing will stop us as a species because we keep expanding, and each individual wants what the others have, so our needs always increase. Linkola offers a solution: drop our pretense of humanism and letting everyone have what they want, and recognize that the cause of our environmental catastrophe is the corrupt, selfish and lazy behavior of individuals. Money talks, and most individuals will sacrifice an old growth forest for a few hundred dollars.
As a result, this book breaks every taboo known to humankind and in doing so, tells us the truth that we so vigorously deny. Because we deny this obvious truth, we can never fix our biggest problems, as the last century shows us. If we summon our maturity and bravery, and peer around inside Linkola's head, we can see possible solutions.
This collection of essays works well for me as a reader because the essays chosen and the order in which they are presented works us gently into Linkola's thought, and shows us the breadth of his vision in terms of its practical applications -- this is not airy theory, but boots on the ground observations backed up by sound reasoning. If our species survives, the kind of thinking that exists in this book will someday be the norm, where today is it violently denied.
It seems the publisher had a few problems with layout in the production of this book, but they are small and easily bypassed.
This 'book' is really a collection of Linkola's essays over the years. The translation appears to be quite good, with what minimal Finnish I know.
Linkola approaches things from a combination of the Schumacher 'Small is Beautiful' approach with a Fascist approach. In other words, like Schumacher, Linkola favors the local, the rural, the ecological. From the Fascist standpoint, Linkola is in favor of forced sterilization, population control, and the like.
Let the reader beware...if you are a left leaning environmentalist, there is much here that will 'offend the senses'. However, those are the people who should read this book. Environmentalism does not make sense when approached from most angles. Linkola's version makes perfect sense. Scary, but logical.
So, what do you get with Can Life Prevail? The book is just over 200 pages long, and is divided into five chapters. It has 37 short articles, most of them dating back to the 1990s. They are grouped under the following chapter headings:
Chapter 1: Finland (six articles)
Chapter 2: Forests (six articles)
Chapter 3: Animals (eleven articles)
Chapter 4: The World and Us (eleven articles)
Chapter 5: The Prerequisites for Life (three articles)
These chapter titles are somewhat bland indicators of the fascinating articles they feature. Most of the articles are relatively short and concise. This has the benefit of that you get clear, to the point article content and that the range of topic matter per chapter is wide. However, it should be noted that Linkola is very much a man of Finland, and his frame of reference and experience is derived from that country.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Linkola pulls no punches and tells it how it needs to be. If you were ever led to believe overpopulation is not a problem you will think differently after reading this for sure.Published on June 21, 2013 by james wilkerson
This is the kind of writer who transcends "right" and "left" and who can really speak to the (real) American spirit that has been shoved aside by elements like "neo-cons" and "the... Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by anonymous
I will actually subtract stars from what would be a 2-star book of less than enlightening environmental rants, because the author has the most horrid misanthropic attitude I have... Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Avery
Brian Anse Patrick is a Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Toledo. He is author of the books "Rise of the Anti-Media: In-Forming America's Concealed... Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by bap
Linkola is certainly not for everyone. This is a man who praises the tactics of 9-11 on pp. 162 "Bulls Eye" because "the US is the most wretchedly villainous state of all times. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Del Monte
Pentti Linkola is easily the most notorious man in Finland. Occasionally, he is mentioned in Swedish newspapers, too. The first time I've heard about him was about 30 years ago! Read morePublished on August 21, 2010 by Ashtar Command
It is long past due for Linkola to be translated and published in English. His flavor of radical environmentalism deserves a hearing and wider audience. Read morePublished on September 29, 2009 by Erehwon