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The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse - 1 edition

The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse (ISBN10: 074566976X; ISBN13: 9780745669762)
ISBN13: 978-0745669762
ISBN10: 074566976X

Summary: The planet is sick. Human beings are guilty of damaging it. Wehave to pay. Today, that is the orthodoxy throughout the Westernworld. Distrust of progress and science, calls for individual andcollective self-sacrifice to ‘save the planet’ andcultivation of fear: behind the carbon commissars, a dangerous andcounterproductive ecological catastrophism is gaining ground.Modern society’s susceptibility to this kind of thinkingderives from what Bruckner calls “the seductive attraction ofdisaste morer,” as exemplified by the popular appeal of disastermovies. But ecological catastrophism is harmful in that it drawsattention away from other, more solvable problems and injustices inthe world in order to focus on something that is portrayed as anApocalypse.Rather than preaching catastrophe and pessimism, we need to developa democratic and generous ecology that addresses specific problemsin a practical way. less

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Cover: Hardcover
Publisher: Polity
Published: 05/28/2013
International: No

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