How to Think Seriously About the Planet

How to Think Seriously About the Planet

The Case for An Environmental Conservatism

Book - 2012
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The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the over-exploitation of natural resources as the principal threats to the planet, and sees top-down interventions as the most effective solution. In How to Think Seriously About the Planet, Roger Scruton rejects this view and offers a fresh approach to tackling the most important political problem of our time. The environmental movement, he contends, is philosophically confused and has unrealistic agendas. Its sights are directed at thelarge-scale events and the confrontation between international politics and multinational business. But Scruton argues that no large-scale environmental project, however well-intentioned, will succeed if it is not rooted in small-scale practical reasoning. Seeing things on a large scale promotestop-down solutions, managed by unaccountable bureaucracies that fail to assess local conditions and are rife with unintended consequences. Scruton argues for the greater efficacy of local initiatives over global schemes, civil association over political activism, and small-scale institutions of friendship over regulatory hyper-vigilance. And he suggests that conservatism is far better suited to solving environmental problems thaneither liberalism or socialism. Rather than entrusting the environment to unwieldy NGOs and international committees, we must assume personal responsibility and foster local control. People must be empowered to take charge of their environment, to care for it as they would a home, and to involvethemselves through the kind of local associations that have been the traditional goal of conservative politics. Our common future is by no means assured, but as Roger Scruton clearly demonstrates in this important book, there is a path that can ensure the future safety of our planet and our species.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780199895571
Branch Call Number: 333.7201 S435h 2012
Characteristics: 457 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Scruton, Roger Green philosophy


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Jul 19, 2015

background reference: . . . .
“Climate Change Denial Books and Conservative Think Tanks – Exploring the Connection” . . .

Nov 27, 2012

I only made it through the first three capters before I put this book down in disgust. In Chapter 1, the author outlines why he is so smart. In Chapter 2, he refutes all the evidence for global warming (the book was published before Superstorm Sandy). And in Chapter 3, he says that because global warming is not proven, we are wating our time instead of tackling known problems like the plastic island in the Pacific Ocean.

I was really hoping for a thoughtful book on environmental economics and capturing the hidden costs of our society. Instead, I got right-wing pontification.

Just so you know what you are in for..... :-)


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