Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics ofPossibility / Edition 1

Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics ofPossibility / Edition 1

by Michael Shellenberger, Ted Nordhaus
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0618658254

ISBN-13: 9780618658251

Pub. Date: 10/04/2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Current tactics can’t solve today’s complex global crises. The “bad boys of environmentalism” call for a bold and empowering new vision

Environmental insiders Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus triggered a firestorm of controversy with their self-published essay “The Death of Environmentalism,” which argued that

Overview

Current tactics can’t solve today’s complex global crises. The “bad boys of environmentalism” call for a bold and empowering new vision

Environmental insiders Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus triggered a firestorm of controversy with their self-published essay “The Death of Environmentalism,” which argued that environmentalism cannot deal with global warming and should die so that a new politics can be born. Global warming is far more complex than past pollution problems, and American values have changed dramatically since the movement’s greatest victories in the 1960s, but environmentalists keep fighting the same old battles. Seeing a connection between the failures of environmentalism and the failures of the entire left-leaning political agenda, the authors point the way toward an aspirational politics that will resonate with modern American values and be capable of tackling our most pressing challenges.

In this eagerly awaited follow-up to the original essay, the authors give us an expansive and eloquent manifesto for political change. What Americans really want, and what could serve as the basis for a new politics, is a vision capable of inspiring us to greatness. Making the case for abandoning old categories (nature/market, left/right), the authors articulate a pragmatism fit for our times that has already found champions in such prominent figures as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

This book will hit the same nerve as What’s the Matter with Kansas and Don’t Think of an Elephant. But its analysis will reshape American politics for decades to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618658251
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/04/2007
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: From the Nightmare to the Dream 1

Part I: The Politics of Limits 1. The Birth of Environmentalism 21 2. The Forest for the Trees 41 3. Interests Within Interests 66 4. The Prejudice of Place 89 5. The Pollution Paradigm 105 6. The Death of Environmentalism 130

Part II: The Politics of Possibility 7. Status and Security 157 8. Belonging and Fulfillment 188 9. Pragmatism 216 10. Greatness 241

In Gratitude 274 Notes 278 Bibliography 322 Index 333

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