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American Institutions and Ecological Ideals: Scientific and Literary Views of our Expansionary Life-style are Converging

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Marx, Leo
Journal: Science
Volume: 170
Date: 1970
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2461
Sector: Social Organization
Region: North America
Subject(s): ecology
Abstract: "The chief question before us, then, is this: What are the prospects, given the character of America's dominant institutions, for the fulfillment of this ecological ideal? But first, what is the significance of the current 'environmental crusade'? Why should we be skeptical about its efficacy? How shall we account for the curious response of the scientific community? To answer these questions I will attempt to characterize certain of our key institutions from an ecological perspective. I want to suggest the striking convergence of the scientific and the literary criticism of our national life-style. In conclusion I will suggest a few responses to the ecological crisis indicated by that scientific-literary critique."

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