Can Capitalism Save the Planet? On the Origins of Green Liberalism


The article discusses green liberalism and the combination of environmentalism with market imperatives. The author reflects on how economic freedom and pragmatic individual action can be utilized in the service of the environmental movement. The theories of economist E. F. Schumacher and the children's book "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss are discussed in relation to shaping a connection between individual interests and environmental conservation. Other topics include the ethic of recycling and the book "Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—And How It Can Renew America" by Thomas Friedman.


Property, Environment, Capitalism

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Radical History Review

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107 Radical History Review 7 (2010)

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