Green Politics Is Eutopian
Essays in Anticipation of the Daughter
by Paul Gilk
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
254 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.52 in
- Published: May 2008
$33.00 / £29.00 / AU$44.00Buy
- Published: May 2008
$30.00 / £25.99 / AU$43.99Buy
Paul Gilk is an independent intellectual who lives in the woods of northern Wisconsin. A long practitioner of "voluntary poverty," he chose a life of deliberate retreat by building and living in a small cabin for nearly twenty years before reconstructing a nineteenth-century log house, both homes without electricity or running water. He is married to a Swiss citizen, Susanna Juon. Between them, they have seven grown children.
The fact that few of the books on Green Politics articulate the relevance of a neo-agrarian future makes Paul Gilk's book especially important as we face the end of cheap oil and/or climate change. Gilk's eutopian vision will help our bankrupt industrial civilization come to a soft landing rather than a crash.
--Maynard Kaufman, Retired professor of religion and environmental studies at Western Michigan University and organic farmer.
Paul Gilk is one of those who long ago foresaw the full extent of the environmental and social disasters facing the industrial world. In these essays, as in his earlier work, he dares to challenge not only the abuses and excesses of a global economy, but the very dream of urban civilization itself. With an eloquent voice and a ferociously independent mind, he examines our human condition in the 21st century.
--Rhoda R. Gilman, Editor: Selections from Minnesota History (1968); Ringing in the Wilderness: Selections from the North Country Anvil (1996);
Author: The Story of Minnesota's Past (1989); Henry Hastings Sibley, Divided Heart (2004); The Universality of Unknowing: Luther Askeland and the Wordless Way (2007).
Paul Gilk serves as a powerful and prophetic voice for a profound and transformative Green Vision. His is not the green politics of trendy and upscale consumer alternatives. Gilk draws deeply from our history to chart a way to a genuinely sustainable future. Along the way he exposes many "an inconvenient truth" about our assumptions about society and the economy. Green Politics is Eutopian challenges the political practice of both mainstream environmentalists and militant Greens and calls them to an entirely different relationship with Nature.
- Dennis Boyer, author and folklorist, co-founder of the Wisconsin Greens, co-editor of the land use anthology A Place to Which We Belong