Book Review: Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-Porn Addicts by Leigh Phillips. | Transition Network

I thought I’d post another good critique before going to see if my locally-woven organic carrot-pants were in at Mark’s Work Warehouse yet! 😉 If anyone finds a response to Phillips that gets beyond his ad hominem put downs and pens a thorough theoretical critique, please forward it.

Bob

This is a book that would have you believe that “the back-to-the-land ideology and aesthetic of locally-woven organic carrot-pants, pathogen-encrusted compost toilets and civilisational collapse is hegemonic”. Phillips wears his antagonism on his sleeve throughout, referring to Transition folk, degrowthers and the wide spectrum of the Green/alternative economics world as “anti-packaging jihadis”, “degrowth militants”, “green Mr Magoos”, and “an army of tattooed-and-bearded, twelve-dollar-farmers’-market-marmalade-smearing, kale-bothering, latter-day Lady Bracknells”. Plaudits for creative writing aside, hopefully you are getting a sense of where Phillips is coming from. This is a tirade which starts out attempting to sound rational and informed, but which as the book goes on, loses the plot entirely.

http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-11/book-review-austerity-ecology-collapse-porn-addicts-leigh-phillips

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