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Can Life Prevail? (Hardcover)
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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.
Linkola calls himself a deep ecologist, but there is very little spirituality in his message. In fact, there is none. Instead, we get a melange of love for nature, attacks on modernity, and calls for an authoritarian Green state, amidst a lot of misanthropy. Linkola even supports al-Qaeda's attacks on the World Trade Center. It's the misanthropic and authoritarian streaks that makes Linkola notorious, but these very traits are sometimes difficult to take seriously. Indeed, the American editors suspect that Linkola might be something of an trickster. Even Linkola himself implies as much in one of his articles.
My first memory of Linkola (around 1985) is a weird proposal that a Green Finland should get hold of nuclear weapons and wage war against the rest of the world! This book also contains proposals difficult to take seriously, including a call for a World Government to stop overpopulation, a proposal hardly compatible with the pro-farmer localism and nature nostalgia otherwise espoused by the author. And what are we to make of the following programmatic statement: "The people most responsible for the present economic growth and competition will be transferred to the mountains and highlands to be re-educated. To be employed for this purpose will mostly be ex-sanatoriums with a healthy climate located on pine ridges". Rather than sending them to the salt mines, then?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I stumbled across this book surfing Amazon for books on the environment and was intrigued by the background and provocative quotes given in the book write-up and reviews. Read morePublished 14 months ago by NPF
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
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