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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger Scruton Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the overexploitation 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. He contends that the environmental movement is philosophically confused and has unrealistic agendas. Its sights are directed at large-scale 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 rife with unintended consequences. Scruton calls for the greater efficacy of local initiatives over global schemes, civil association over political activism, and small-scale institutions of friendship over regulatory hypervigilance, suggesting 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully written and ambitious in its scope…An immensely readable book and a valuable contribution to the debate over environmental politics.”

    Independent (London)

  • “A dazzling book.”

    Sunday Times (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dominic | 11/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bennett Cohen | 7/24/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tonwallast | 8/12/2012

    " 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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About the Author

Roger Scruton is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He has taught at the Universities of Cambridge, London, Oxford, Princeton, and Boston and has been a freelance writer and commentator for the past fifteen years. His many books include Beauty: A Very Short Introduction, Death-Devoted Heart, and The Uses of Pessimism.