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Green Delusions: An Environmentalist Critique of Radical Environmentalism

By: MW Lewis

304 pages, no illustrations

Duke University Press

Paperback | Jun 1994 | #32652 | ISBN: 0822314746
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Hardback | Nov 1992 | #21142 | ISBN: 0822312573
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Scholars, politicians, and activists worldwide are finally recognizing the severity of the global environmental crisis, yet serious threats to the environmental movement remain. Anti-environmentalists dismiss the very idea of a "crisis" as a mirage. Much less obvious, however, is the more subtle threat masquerading under the mantle of environmentalism itself. It is this threat that "Green Delusions" addresses. Writing from the standpoint of a committed environmentalist, Martin W. Lewis contends that many of the most devoted and strident "greens," those who propose a radical environmentalism, unwittingly espouse an ill-conceived doctrine that has devastating implications for the global ecosystem. In this book, he distinguishes the main variants of eco-extremism, exposes the fallacies upon which such views ultimately flounder, and demonstrates that the policies advocated by their proponents would, if enacted, result in unequivocal ecological disaster. At once polemic and prescriptive, "Green Delusions" is an impassioned attempt to defend the environmental movement against extremist ideas that would lead to self-defeating political strategies.

"Lewis's [...] tour through the radical environmental literature is well-informed, and his own case is provocative and nuanced."
- Robyn Eckersley, Times Higher Education Supplement

"Green Delusions should be required reading for environmental advocates. If nothing else, it contributes to a frank discussion of issues that all too often break down into greener-than-thou posturing."
- James Jay Gould, The Progressive

"Lewis's argument is a goldmine of thoughtful assessments of a wide range of social reasoning in the modern environmentalist debate, and he incorporates texts that will probably be new to even the most well read of readers."
- Timothy O'Riordan, Nature

"Martin Lewis has done environmentalism a great service by his indictment of the edges of the movement from a vantage point that appears to be at its center [...] This is a serious book about the faults of radical ecological thinking."
- David Rothenberg, Environmental History Review

"A very fine and provocative book that will notably enrich the environmental debate."
- Douglas R. Weiner, Policy Currents

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