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Environmental Culture: The Ecological Crisis of Re&hellip by Val Plumwood
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
You may ask whether a man can be a feminist - but this book was recommended to me by the editor of a book called Animals and Women which identifies the necessity of equal rights for animals as a condition of Holistic philosophy. I agree. Does this make me a feminist? Read this book to decide what Equality means in terms of a culture of the environment.

Admittedly Plumwood is a kind of academic but the story of her surviving an attack by a crocodile leaves one with the impression that she knows. Unfortunately, so think most academics and the problem is to decide who is using language in the correct way. At times the structure and weight of her sentences require deep commitment,… Read more
Boom Bust: House Prices, Banking and the Depressio&hellip by Fred Harrison
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
As a prominent proponent of the Land Value Tax it is intriguing to find that Fred Harrison comes down on the side of both private ownership and economic growth. For him the value of the land is essentially as a material resource and this distinction forms the basis of his thorough analysis of the housing market in the context of a modern capitalist economy. Alan Greenspan and Gordon Brown are criticised for their failure to acknowledge the effect of land speculation on modern predicitve methods. For all his detailed analysis of the cyclical trends of boom and bust he nevertheless maintains that economics is not an exact science.
The Rivers North of the Future: The Testament of I&hellip by Charles Taylor
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
"The corruption of the best is the worst" - I first came across this phrase from Illich when I was visiting a catholic community on the island of Arran. I used to consider it in relation to pseudo-greens who I thought were perhaps just not quite as good as the real McCoy. In this book, dictated shortly before his death in 2002, Illich clearly expounds the origin of this conundrum in its creation by the catholic church and its subsequent effect on western culture.

In a fascinating account both of his life and his work, he ties together the many influential strands that have gripped and perplexed thinkers around the world. That technology derives from a sense of spiritual… Read more