Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? by Alan Weisman

By Alan Weisman

A robust research into the probabilities for humanity's destiny from the writer of the bestseller the realm with out Us.In his bestselling booklet the realm with no Us, Alan Weisman thought of how the Earth may possibly heal or even fill up empty niches if relieved of humanity's consistent pressures. at the back of that groundbreaking inspiration scan used to be his wish that we'd be encouraged to discover the way to upload people again to this imaginative and prescient of a restored, fit planet-only in concord, no longer mortal wrestle, with the remainder of nature.But with 1000000 extra folks each four days on a planet that's no longer getting any larger, and with our exhaust overheating the ambience and changing the chemistry of the oceans, clients for a sustainable human destiny look ever extra doubtful. For this lengthy awaited follow-up booklet, Weisman traveled to greater than 20 nations to invite what specialists agreed have been essentially the most vital questions about Earth--and additionally the toughest: what number people can the planet carry with no capsizing? How powerful needs to the Earth's environment be to guarantee our persisted lifestyles? do we comprehend which different species are necessary to our survival? And, how may perhaps we really arrive at a solid, optimal inhabitants, and layout an financial system to permit actual prosperity with out never-ending growth?Weisman visits a unprecedented diversity of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political platforms to benefit what of their ideals, histories, liturgies, or present situations may possibly recommend that usually it's of their personal most sensible curiosity to restrict their progress. the result's a landmark paintings of reporting: devastating, pressing, and, eventually, deeply hopeful.By vividly detailing the burgeoning results of our cumulative presence, Countdown finds what could be the quickest, so much applicable, sensible, and cheap means of returning our planet and our presence on it to stability. Weisman back exhibits that he's some of the most provocative reporters at paintings this present day, with a publication whose message is so compelling that it'll switch how we see our lives and our future.

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Ein ganzes neues leben (LH, 13-14). 17 Brigitte is willing to exchange her labor power when necessary for Heinz’s family, but not at home, where there would be no reward for it. In this way, she clearly resembles workers, who expend their labor power only when forced, for “sobald kein physischer oder sonstiger Zwang existiert, [wird] die Arbeit als Pest geflohen” (40: 514). 18 As well as portraying love and sexuality in terms of Marx’s alienated labor, Jelinek’s depiction of women’s sexual alienation can also be read via a discussion of the socialist feminist reworking of the Marxist term alienation.

For other examples of femininity as alienation see: Jaggar 19 32 In the following passages describing the relationship between Brigitte and Heinz, the sexual objectification of Brigitte is made clear: brigitte haßt heinz unter vielem andren auch deshalb, weil er immer dann ein körperliches gefühl für brigitte in sich hochkommen läßt, wenn gitti gerade von ihren seelischen problemen, die ein kleines häuschen mit garten nach sich ziehen, plaudern möchte. immer dann, wenn brigitte ihr innerstes nach außen stülpen möchte und dabei den ganzen käse von glück, zukunft, säuglingspflege und waschmaschinen herausspeit, dann verhält sich heinz so, als ob er kein hirn hätte, sondern nur einen schwanz.

18 31 alienation of women is structurally similar to the alienation of the worker, as Jaggar points out: men rather than women control the expression of women’s sexuality: women’s sexuality is developed for men’s enjoyment rather than for women’s. In this respect women’s sexual situation resembles that of wage workers who are alienated from the process and product of their labor (309). According to the socialist feminist theory of alienation, two of the major ways through which women are alienated from their sexuality, are: 1) sexual objectification of women “occurs when a woman’s sexual parts or sexual functions are separated out from her person, reduced to the status of mere instruments or else regarded as if they were capable of representing her” (Bartky, 35); and 2) the best chance for economic security for many women, marriage to an economically secure man, requires the “sale” of their sexuality in marriage (Jaggar, 308).

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