Environmentalists, Vanguard for a New Society

Environmentalists, Vanguard for a New Society

Environmentalists, Vanguard for a New Society

Environmentalists, Vanguard for a New Society

Synopsis

In a groundbreaking study, Lester Milbrath argues the need for a deep change in our belief structure. Environmentalists: Vanguard for a New Society describes a revolution in process. Basing his work on the views of modern environmentalists, Milbrath delineates a new social paradigm a new understanding and revised values to show how the world functions in a way different from what our institutions and culture presuppose. It is a book about our civilization, the human condition, and the quality of life.

Many of the ideas and much of the evidence in this volume are derived from a three-nation study of environmental beliefs and values. Teams of scholars in England, Germany, and the United States distributed questionnaires to the general public, and to public officials, business and labor leaders, and environmentalists. The answers to these questions are tabulated and the inferences are drawn in this timely study, which is certain to provoke controversy and a reconsideration of basic beliefs."

Excerpt

My main purpose in writing this book was to try to help the reader to see his world, and how it works, in a new way. I can't be certain that my vision of reality is the correct one but there is a good deal of evidence to support it. Some readers may question that evidence, but I hope they will be challenged to gather additional evidence so that all of us can become better informed. The book is addressed to interested laypersons, public officials, and upper division undergraduates as well as to scholars. To facilitate easy reading and clear development of an argument, the description of the study on which the book is based, as well as many of the statistical tables, has been placed in the appendices.

In an ultimate sense, this is a book about our civilization, the human condition and quality of life. There is no way for a scholar to inquire into the human condition or into the capacity of his civilization to provide quality of life for its people without identifying major deficiencies that cry out for recommendations for improvement. Some areas of study are inherently "radicalizing." This thrust is even stronger if the analyst projects from the past and the present into the future. Therefore, this is not only a scholarly book but also a book with a point of view. I intend to challenge my readers and I expect to stir up controversy. If that helps us to understand a little better who we are, where we are at, and where we would like to go, I will have achieved my purpose.

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