By William Ophuls
This long-promised sequel to Ophuls’ influential and debatable vintage Ecology and the Politics of shortage is an both provocative critique of the liberal philosophy of presidency. Ophuls contends that the fashionable political paradigm—that is, the physique of political techniques and ideology bequeathed to us through the Enlightenment—is now not intellectually tenable or essentially potential. Our try to reside individualistically, hedonistically, and rationally has failed completely, inflicting a complete difficulty that's instantly political, army, fiscal, ecological, moral, mental, and non secular. Liberal politics has deserted advantage, rejected group, and flouted nature, thereby turning into the writer of its personal demise.By exposing the intrinsically contradictory and self-destructive personality of Hobbesian political structures, Ophuls subverts our traditional knowledge at each flip. certainly, his impassioned textual content reads extra like a Greek tragedy than like a traditional political argument. He evaluations feminism, multiculturalism, the welfare nation, and a bunch of alternative “liberal” shibboleths—but Ophuls isn't one other reactionary neoconservative. the purpose of his thesis is way extra radical and innovative, providing a political imaginative and prescient that totally transcends the kinds of liberal inspiration. His is a Thoreauvian imaginative and prescient of a “politics of consciousness” rooted in ecology because the ethical and highbrow foundation for governance within the twenty-first century. Ophuls holds polity in accordance with a renewed erotic reference to nature bargains a real approach to this concern of up to date civilization and purely inside of this kind of polity will it's attainable to meet the important liberal objective of person self-development.Ophuls’ paintings will curiosity and problem a large spectrum of readers, although it is going to no longer inevitably be good loved or simply accredited. nobody will positioned down this e-book together with his or her settled convictions approximately Western tradition intact, nor will readers ever back take smooth civilization and its survival with no consideration.
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Moreover, the characteristic social organization of the primal band is a function of its relatively small size. Overpopulation is therefore a menace both to its livelihood and to its social character. The typical response of a group with too many people is to split up, rather like a cell undergoing mitosis. Once all territories are fully occupied, however, the excess population has nowhere else to go. An enlarged population must now struggle to subsist within the old territory; but this process begins to deplete the resource base, aggravating the imbalance between people and resources.
Moreover, it took the entire intellectual movement that we call the Enlightenment to complete the overthrow of religion and to install reason (in the narrow form of rationality) as the sole guide for human affairs. " Looking Beyond Amoral Individualism Hobbes s liberation of politics from virtue and individuals from community produced much that was necessary and positive for human evolution. We need hardly elaborate the great (but not necessarily unique) achievements of the liberal paradigm of politics: juridical, equality, civil rights, religious toleration, freedom of thought and speech, governments that are ultimately answerable to the people, widespread increases in standards of living (at least in those societies where the liberal paradigm has been long and thoroughly applied), great advances in scientific knowledge and technological power, and so on.
In other words, overpopulation initiates a vicious circle that draws the noose of ecological scarcity ever tighter around the group. Primal peoples in this predicament responded by inventing a new way of life: because game was scarce and tubers were hard to find, they began to herd animals and plant crops instead. In short, peoples who could not or would not control their population eventually had no choice but to revolutionize their means of production by practicing agriculture. But this gradual change in the ecological basis of subsistence had profound sociopolitical consequences.