12. Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy: An Unanticipated Future.
13. Green Thoughts on Economic Theory.
14. The Conscious Id.
15. Toppling the Sexual Avengers.
16. The Dangerous Female.
17. Masculine Politics.
18. A Baroque Apotheosis of Geopolitical Cretinism.
19. Domestic Stability Problems in the Alpha-Male Den.
20. Carried Away by Joy.
21. The Deferment Pit.
22. The Conundrum Green Politics Is In.
23. The Vision Thing.
24. Preface to Fearful Energies.
25. Their Fearful Energies.
26. Keeping the Lid on Jesus' Coffin.
27. Eutopian Postscript.
28. A Gardener's Afterword. Bibliography.
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There have been various thinkers who have attempted to explain the Earth-altering (even ecocidal) features in modern life. Jacques Ellul, for instance, a French intellectual, became famous for his exposition of ' technique' , but ' technique' does not adequately address the institutional incubation out of which ' technique' itself arises. In these essays, Paul Gilk stands on the shoulders of two American scholars in particular. One is world historian Lewis Mumford, spanning fifty years. The other is classics professor Norman O. Brown, who brought his erudition into a systematic study of Freud. From these intellectuals especially, Gilk concludes that the accelerating ecocidal characteristics of ' globalization' are inherent manifestations of perfectionist, utopian, predatory institutions endemic to civilization.Our great difficulty in arriving at or accepting this conclusion is that ' civilization' contains no negatives. It is strictly a positive construct. We are therefore incapable of thinking critically about it. A corrective is slowly emerging from Green intellectuals. Green politics, says Gilk, is not utopian but eutopian. It is not aimed at perfectionist immortality but, rather, at earthly wholeness. Yet the ethical message of Green politics confronts a society saturated with utopian mythology. The question is to what extent, and at what speed, ecological and cultural breakdown will dissolve civilized, utopian certitudes and provide the requisite openings for the growth of Green, eutopian culture. (source: Nielsen Book Data)