environmentalism

DESTINY MANIFEST

A THING IS RIGHT WHEN IT TENDS TO PRESERVE THE INTEGRITY, STABILITY, AND BEAUTY OF THE BIOTIC COMMUNITY. IT IS WRONG WHEN IT TENDS OTHERWISE. — ALDO LEOPOLD I trust you have enjoyed this tour through the writings of Abbey,… Read More ›

Conservation

Leopold waxes polemic in his call for an ethic based on environmental awareness. In the process he foresees the development of speciesism, green marketing, and environmental economics as dead ends along the road to a true environmental philosophy. Read “Conservation”… Read More ›

Silent Spring Critique

Silent Spring is a very tight argument against the indiscriminate and unregulated use of pesticides, especially insecticides, particularly DDT. Carson’s argument, in fact, is so tight, so well constructed, that the book is extremely difficult to excerpt without losing a… Read More ›

The Other Road

  Carson is nearly swept away in her veneration of poisons coming out of the biologist’s laboratory rather than the chemist’s — especially the andricides — but she recovers to emphasize natural, non-violent methods of insect control, finally leaving us… Read More ›

One in Every Four

Carson presents one of the earliest broad treatments of environmental causes of cancer. She was, herself, suffering from breast cancer while writing this text, though she does not reveal the fact. Read “One in Every Four” in Silent Spring by… Read More ›

Elixirs of Death

Set your time machine for the early 1960s and get ready to take notes for what is likely the most easily understood chemistry lecture ever delivered. Professor Carson is at the lectern—the world is her classroom. Read “Elixirs of Death”… Read More ›

Eco-Defense

In this, his strongest statement for the protection of wilderness through monkeywrenching, ecoterrorism or, as he calls it, eco-defense, Abbey abandons fiction and bigger than life characters to proclaim revolution in the woods. First he masterfully argues for the right… Read More ›

The Monkey Wrench Gang Critique

The Monkey Wrench Gang is one of those rarities in literature: a novel that spawns a movement, literally comes to life. What William Gibson’s science fiction has done for cyberspace and virtual lives based on networked computing, Edward Abbey’s works… Read More ›