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The Green Crusade


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Chapter 1 Introduction: Green in Judgement Chapter 2 Brightest Heaven of Invention Chapter 3 We Happy Few Chapter 4 Small-Knowing Souls Chapter 5 The Mind O'erthrown Chapter 6 Something More Than Natural Chapter 7 Notes Chapter 8 Index

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Charles T. Rubin teaches political science at Duquesne University. He resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Since the publication more than 30 years ago of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring , most people have accepted the need to protect the environment. Yet, claims Rubin, a political science professor at Duquesne University, there is an alarming aspect to the environmental movement. Analyzing the major literature on the subject, he suggests a disquieting political agenda. He finds that an environmental utopia as envisioned by such leading writers in the field as Paul Ehrlich ( The Population Bomb ), Barry Commoner ( The Closing Circle ) and others would lead to a totalitarian state. He charges that Carson deliberately misrepresented some of her findings and that the Club of Rome's The Limits to Growth was part of a PR campaign. He also examines the writings of those who have challenged environmental popularizers, including Julian Simon ( The Ultimate Resource ), James Lovelock ( Healing Gaia ) and Richard John Neuhaus ( In Defense of People ) . Rubin's argument that many environmentalists have failed to recognize the utopian and totalitarian character of their principles is engrossing and provocative. (Apr.)

Rubin (political science, Duquesne Univ.) presents a history of environmental ideas written, he says, for a nonspecialized audience. Tracing a shift in social values from Rachel Carson's Silent Spring to the contemporary deep ecology writers, Rubin explains how the environmental authors became popularizers and how they used or ignored science to present their causes. Rubin argues that each of these writers had or has a political agenda to transform human society, and he offers detailed, analytical criticism of their programs and arguments. His extensive notes will be of interest to the serious reader. Recommended for academic libraries and for public libraries with large environmental collections.-- Patricia Owens, Wabash Valley Coll., Mt. Carmel, Ill.

Rubin's argument that many environmentalists have failed to recognize the utopian and totalitarian character of their principles is engrossing and provocative. * Publishers Weekly *
Searching and provocative. * The New York Review Of Books *
Serious discussion of environmentalism is now impossible without reference to The Green Crusade. Rubin's groundbreaking book signals a new stage in the environmental debate. This is no anti-green polemic. Neither side of the debate is spared. But Rubin does pose the most serious intellectual challenge to environmentalists by demonstrating that they would do well to drop their tiresome warnings of impending disaster and instead reexamine their own principles. This book is the place for them to start. -- Jefferey Salmon, Executive Director, George C. Marshall Institute
This most welcome and reasonable book comes at a time when the environmental movement, which should be evolving with the firm guidance of science, increasingly reflects the ideas and activities of utopians who desire to uproot our existing civilization and redesign our whole society in the process. -- Frederick Seitz, Rockefeller University, past president of the National Academy of Sciences
This thoughtful and thought-provoking book provides another lesson on the unintended consequences of noble intentions. -- Richard S. Lindzen, Sloan Professor, Department of Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The book's contribution is to look in some detail at some of the campaigners who have been instrumental in making that transition occur and examining the implications and effects of their message and their methods. * Talking Politics *

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