by Shelley Stallings
January 12, 2005
Joseph, your idea of forming Peaceland is interesting and I would
definitely consider immigrating if it were to come about, but
it is far from a new or original idea. Get a copy of the book
"Ecotopia" by Ernest Callenbach written in 1975. Not
a great novel, but it does explore some interesting ideas. "Ernest
Callenbach describes a society based on the alternative principle
that there is a very real limit to the carrying capacity of Planet
Earth. Callenbach envisions a society dedicated to the fundamental
ecological and political goal of creating "stable-state
life systems" in which humans live sustainably within the
constraints and renewable resources of their environments. This
society, the nation of Ecotopia, is born in 1980 when the citizens
of Washington, Oregon, and northern California respond to the
developing, industrializing, polluting, exploiting, extracting,
militarizing behavior of the United States by seceding from the
union. Cutting off all communications with their former nation,
the Ecotopians embark on a grand experiment in sustainable living.
By the time of Ecotopia, the novel, twenty years of silence,
punctuated by occasional wild rumor, are all that the remaining
United States know of the left coast. On the eve of the 21st
century William Weston, ace reporter from a major East Coast
newspaper, journeys to Ecotopia on a six week assignment to "explore
Ecotopian life from top to bottom." Weston?s dispatched
columns and personal journal entries are the stranger-in-a-strange-land
device through which Callenbach displays his ecological utopia.
" Reviewed by Allyson Zipp.
The following is from a review
of the book on Amazon. Ecotopia was founded when northern California,
Oregon, and Washington seceded from the Union to create a "stable-state"
ecosystem: the perfect balance between human beings and the environment.
Now, twenty years later, the isolated, mysterious Ecotopia welcomes
its first officially sanctioned American visitor: New York Times-Post
reporter Will Weston.
Like a modern Gulliver, the
skeptical Weston is by turns impressed, horrified, and overwhelmed
by Ecotopia's strange practices: employee ownership of farms
and businesses, the twenty-hour work week, the fanatical elimination
of pollution, "mini-cities" that defeat overcrowding,
devotion to trees bordering on worship, a woman-dominated government,
and bloody, ritual war games. Bombarded by innovative, unsettling
ideas, set afire by a relationship with a sexually forthright
Ecotopian woman, Weston's conflict of values intensifies-and
leads to a startling climax.
NPR did a radio drama based
on the book also.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Peaceland by Joseph Branco
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