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Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience

[1]by Janet Biehl and Peter Stau­den­maier
1995, AK Press
ISBN 1–873176 73 2

The reap­pear­ance of fas­cism in many west­ern coun­tries threat­ens all the free­doms the left move­ments have man­aged to gain over the last half cen­tu­ry. Equal­ly dis­con­cert­ing is the attempt by fas­cist ide­ol­o­gists and polit­i­cal groups to use ecol­o­gy in the ser­vice of social reac­tion. This effort is not with­out long his­tor­i­cal roots in Ger­many, both in its nine­teenth-cen­tu­ry roman­ti­cism and in the Third Reich in the present cen­tu­ry. In order to pre­serve the lib­er­a­to­ry aspects of ecol­o­gy, the authors, as social ecol­o­gists, explore the Ger­man expe­ri­ence of fas­cism and derive from it his­tor­i­cal lessons about the polit­i­cal use of ecol­o­gy. Includ­ing two essay—“Fascist Ide­ol­o­gy: The Green Wing of the Nazi Par­ty and its His­tor­i­cal Antecedents” and “Ecol­o­gy and the Mod­ern­iza­tion of Fas­cism in the Ger­man Ultra-Right,” Eco­fas­cism exam­ines aspects of Ger­man fas­cism, past and present, in order to draw essen­tial lessons from them for ecol­o­gy move­ments both in Ger­many and else­where.

THIS BOOK IS IN PRINT. Avail­able com­mer­cial­ly [2]. Find out more about Janet Biehl [3] and Peter Stau­den­meier [4].