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Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM By Roger Scruton

The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the over exploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet, and sees top down interventions as the most effective solution In How to Think Seriously About the Planet, Roger Scruton rejects this view and offers a freshThe environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the over exploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet, and sees top down interventions as the most effective solution In How to Think Seriously About the Planet, Roger Scruton rejects this view and offers a fresh approach to tackling the most important political problem of our time The environmental movement, he contends, is philosophically confused and has unrealistic agendas Its sights are directed at the largescale events and the confrontation between international politics and multinational business But Scruton argues that no large scale environmental project, however well intentioned, will succeed if it is not rooted in small scale practical reasoning Seeing things on a large scale promotes top down solutions, managed by unaccountable bureaucracies that fail to assess local conditions and are rife with unintended consequences Scruton argues for the greater efficacy of local initiatives over global schemes, civil association over political activism, and small scale institutions of friendship over regulatory hyper vigilance And he suggests that conservatism is far better suited to solving environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism Rather than entrusting the environment to unwieldy NGOs and international committees, we must assume personal responsibility and foster local control People must be empowered to take charge of their environment, to care for it as they would a home, and to involve themselves through the kind of local associations that have been the traditional goal of conservative politics Our common future is by no means assured, but as Roger Scruton clearly demonstrates in this important book, there is a path that can ensure the future safety of our planet and our species.
  • Title: How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism
  • Author: Roger Scruton
  • ISBN: 9780199895571
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover

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Sarah Clement Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
It is true, as Scruton spends the first chapters arguing, that environmentalism does not have to be (and has not always been) the sole domain of the political left. It is also true that conservatives, as their parties stand now, need a coherent framework for protecting the environment that complements their own political philosophy and values. Unfortunately, this book does not provide a coherent or useful alternative. It at first headed in a good direction, and even his chapter on climate change [...]
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زهیر باقری نوع‌پرست Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
محافظه کاران آمریکایی گرمایش زمین را انکار می کنند و بحرانی اعلام کردن وضعیت محیط زیست را غیرضروری می دانند. به عنوان مثال، چند وقت پیش دونالد ترامپ عنوان کرد که هوا خیلی سرد است و گرمایش زمین می تواند در این سرما مفید واقع شود. سخن کنایه آمیز ترامپ، نمایانگر رویکرد محافظه کار [...]
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Jón Ólafsson Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
The problem with this book is the way its main arguments are constructed. The author describes a view, then attacks it. Often however the view he describes is not really interesting or relevant – at best he offers simplifications of views. The use of examples tends to be selective and often conclusions are based on simplistic assumptions of human nature or motivation. In the end the real problems are not addressed since the author firmly believes that different views on environmental issues ar [...]
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Pieter Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
Groen en conservatisme, een onverwachte politieke combinatie? Wie het extreem-linkse karakter van de meeste West-Europese ecologische partijen bekijkt, zou denken van wel. Rechts kan of mag niets te zeggen over "het milieu". Nochtans zijn in de Angelsaksische wereld heel wat groene denkers verwant met conservatieve ideeën (Goldsmith, Schumacher).Wie beter dan de bekendste Engelse conservatieve denker, Roger Scruton, om zijn licht te laten schijnen over natuur en politiek.De auteur laat uiteraar [...]
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Sunday Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
Mind shifting book; a must-read for everyone who wonders how to save the planet without becoming frustrated, dogmatic or dictatorial. The insights provided by Roger Scruton are: 1) top-down measures do not always work and can be even harmful2) top-down thinking is often motivated by ideals, and prone to evolve towards fundalism (cfr. communism, religion)3) people taking action or putting measures/rules into place, should always be accountable by the community4) community based approaches, based [...]
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Stephen Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
Another outstanding book by philosopher Roger Scruton. He advocates a conservative environmentalism based on oikophilia, or a love of home and place. It is a love for the local, not the global, that will solve so many of our environmental problems. This calls for the localization of environmental and ecological concern. Those who love their home, their hunting grounds and their beaches will form associations to care for them. For this reason, the ordinary person, not only the bureaucrat, is vita [...]
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Scotty Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
I especially liked the author's linking of positive environmental action to oikophilia, or love of home, as a motivating factor for people to care for their local environment. Instead of heavy-handed, top-down solutions from a distanced government (liberalism), the ideals of conservatism and trusteeship better serve the object of protecting the quality and aesthetic of the world around us.
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Dominic Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
Some positive points about green NGOs, risk & climate change, but misunderstands the changing character of conservationism & environmentalism. Disappointing given the author's great classical philosophical works. I will be publishing a full book review shortly.
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Allison Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
Not being someone well versed in environmental policies or politics, but all the same of the opinion we need to better steward the planet we live on, I found this book mostly interesting (the second half lost my attention most of the time).I'm not sure how balanced it was, and I'd be interested in reading something that refuted Scruton's ideas, but empowering local groups to make change rather than relying on top-down policy from global think tanks does seem to make sense
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Rabi Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
" beginning to work through the tantalizing trail mix of nature writing, mountaineering accounts and dystopian fiction that stacks my bookracks, I spent some time poring over Roger Scruton’s Green Philosophy: How to think seriously about the planet. Its conservative slant surprised and intrigued me, but it provided plenty of talking points that infiltrated conversations I had over the course of 2016. What did Brexit mean for the environment, for instance? Could we really presume that the Europ [...]
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Michael Madsen Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
I am not one usually disposed to reading a book on environmental issues, but had this book recommended to me and was feeling adventurous. Though I was unfamiliar with the many different angles from which environmental issues are dealt with from NGO's, government, civic organizations, lobbying, etc. Scruton gave a comprehensive survey of the various approaches that have been attempted (and their consequences) across the world. Scruton seems very well read and though I disagree with his use of Kan [...]
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Ray Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
In his book, "How to Think Seriously About the Planet", Roger Scruton makes the case that when it comes to solving environmental problems, small is better. I found the book to be rather laborious, and did not finish. But I got far enough into the book to understand that Scruton is a proponent of local initiatives under local control to address environmental issues rather than rely on big government to solve problems. Too often, Scruton argues, large scale, top-down initiatives lead to unintended [...]
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Daniel Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
Scruton makes a great point: protecting the planet should be rooted in a love of place (okiophillia, he terms it). Global environmental movements are prone to fail because they ignore this love. But this love is at the heart of conservative thought, and thus can drive a strong, conservative environmentalism.Scruton is, as always, thoroughly researched and artfully persuasive. However, the chapters can be a bit long and may have benefited from a few breaks so that readers could more eaisly follow [...]
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Marcus Grubbs Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
This book lays out a good argument for how to achieve environmental conservatism, the non-political sense of conservatism. The writing was stimulating. Scruton calls for a revival of past governance models—which were by and large much more locally directed without the influence of multi-national corporations, large non-profit advocacy groups, and prescriptive federal legislation—as a way to align the right motivations and resources behind making conservative environmental decisions. While th [...]
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Bill Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
This is, as its title suggests, a highly intelligent guide to thinking about the environment. Although the book is quite long, I was eager to read it word for word as quickly as I could. It is a very stimulating read, and provides thoughtful solutions to environmental issues. Although he is not skeptical about Global Warming or Climate Change, he does provide ways of dealing with it that are not destructive of the world economy and that will not require a new Dark Age to accomplish. I strongly r [...]
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Will Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
A balanced look at a conservative environmental politics with many unexpected turns of logic.I read this with the aim of challenging my own left-leaning perspective, and Scruton did not disappoint. With clarity and overall humility, he advocates a conservative, local, community-based approach to creating sustainability.A pleasant surprise and a welcome departure from the caricatures of political viewpoints as we see them on the news and Internet.
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Kevin Varney Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
I quite liked it. For a philosophy book it was fairly easy to follow. Scruton knows about quite a lot of stuff: tthe 2nd law of thermodynamics, feedback in systems, economics, political theory, and of course, philosophy. He puts forward good reasons for being a Conservative. However, I did not entirely buy his point that locally based civic associations are the best stewards of the environment.
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Bennett Cohen Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
An uncommon take on how to save the environment (and environmentalism). Scruton is a serious thinker. I felt the book could have said as much in less space.
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Steve Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
One of the best books I have read on the subject. He takes a far broader view of the issues, with many great suggestions and the interweaving of issues and conservative solutions.
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Lizzy Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
Dad's lent me this, he thinks it's brill.
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Tonwallast Jul 20, 2019 - 13:21 PM
Op zich maakt hij wel een aardig punt, maar op een gegeven moment heeft hij zijn punt dan ook wel gemaakt. En dan moet je nog de andere helft.
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How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism By Roger Scruton The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the over exploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet, and sees top down interventions as the most effective solution In How to Think Seriously About the Planet, Roger Scruton rejects this view and offers a freshThe environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the over exploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet, and sees top down interventions as the most effective solution In How to Think Seriously About the Planet, Roger Scruton rejects this view and offers a fresh approach to tackling the most important political problem of our time The environmental movement, he contends, is philosophically confused and has unrealistic agendas Its sights are directed at the largescale events and the confrontation between international politics and multinational business But Scruton argues that no large scale environmental project, however well intentioned, will succeed if it is not rooted in small scale practical reasoning Seeing things on a large scale promotes top down solutions, managed by unaccountable bureaucracies that fail to assess local conditions and are rife with unintended consequences Scruton argues for the greater efficacy of local initiatives over global schemes, civil association over political activism, and small scale institutions of friendship over regulatory hyper vigilance And he suggests that conservatism is far better suited to solving environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism Rather than entrusting the environment to unwieldy NGOs and international committees, we must assume personal responsibility and foster local control People must be empowered to take charge of their environment, to care for it as they would a home, and to involve themselves through the kind of local associations that have been the traditional goal of conservative politics Our common future is by no means assured, but as Roger Scruton clearly demonstrates in this important book, there is a path that can ensure the future safety of our planet and our species.

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