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Can Life Prevail?

Author(s): Pentti Linkola


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With the train of civilization hurtling at ever-increasing speed towards self-destruction, the most pressing question facing humanity in the 21st century is that of the preservation of life itself. Can Life Prevail? provides a radical yet firmly grounded perspective on the ecological problems threatening both the biosphere and human culture. With essays covering topics as diverse as animal rights, extinction, deforestation, terrorism and overpopulation, Can Life Prevail? makes the lucid, challenging writing of Linkola available to the English-speaking public for the first time.

“By decimating its woodlands, Finland has created the grounds for prosperity. We can now thank prosperity for bringing us — among other things — two million cars, millions of glowing, electronic entertainment boxes, and many unneeded buildings to cover the green earth. Surplus wealth has led to gambling in the marketplace and rampant social injustice, whereby ‘the common people’ end up contributing to the construction of golf courses, five-star hotels, and holiday resorts, while fattening Swiss bank accounts. Besides, the people of wealthy countries are the most frustrated, unemployed, unhappy, suicidal, sedentary, worthless and aimless people in history. What a miserable exchange.”

Pentti Linkola was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1932. Having spent most of his life working as a professional fisherman, he now continues to lead a simple existence in the country. A renowned figure in Finland, Linkola has published numerous books and essays on environmentalism since the 1960s. Today, he is among the foremost exponents of the philosophy of deep ecology.

  • Very rarely does a book make you feel good about receiving bad news. Usually, there’s something you fear so much that you want anything but to face it. But if someone is able to explain in clear steps what you must do to face it, and how the other side is indeed brighter, it lessens the burden. With decreased resistance and doubt comes greater effectiveness, and you may emerge with more triumph than suspected possible. Can Life Prevail? is one such book.
    Raul Singh,
  • Linkola lives the life he advocates for others. Until retirement he lived off of fishing from a rowing boat and selling the catch, traveling by horse and cart. He lives a simple life in a cabin in the forest without running water, car or a computer. [...] He is passionate about the preservation of life and biodiversity. [...] The most concrete result of his activism is the founding of the Finnish Foundation for Natural Heritage. Through this, forest land is purchased in Finland to preserve and protect it from exploitation. (Translated from Swedish)
    Henrik Gustafsson, NordfrontNordfront
  • Linkola lives as a model for his own beliefs, having given up his nascent biology career in favor of making a living as a fisherman. As of the English publication of Can Life Prevail?, he eschews all modern technology save for a cell phone. His lifestyle is a deep ecologist’s daydream. No mainstream environmentalist will admit to supporting his work, but he gives voice to a thought that has crossed every green’s mind at some point: Wouldn’t things be better if there were far fewer of us?
    Michael Siebert, Jacobite MagazineJacobite Magazine
  • If you often view your fellow human beings as “savages,” you’ll find good company in Linkola’s thoughts. ... [O]verall he presents a rational argument for leaving behind the “progress”-driven, consumerism-based lifestyle that is destroying not only the land and animals of the earth, but the souls of its people.
    Manon Welles, Aristocrats of the SoulAristocrats of the Soul
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Publisher's Foreword



Author's Preface


The Finnish Body

Sales Season

What Is the majority and What Is the minority

Life Protection, Utopias and Agriculture

Against Highway Crime

The Old Forest of Talaskangas

The Green Lie

It Is Dark in the Woods

The Forest Covering in Finland Must be Restored

A Logging Story

Is the WWF Favouring Crime

From Gunslingers to Environmental Disaster

An Animal History of the New Age

The Ethics of Environmentalism

The Suppressed Nightmare of Conservation

The Cat Disaster

Joyful Chickens and Sad

The Animal Protector as An Apostle of Doom

Aspects of Animal Protection

Animal Rights In the Bible

A Look At Vegetarianism

The Value of Humans and That of Animals

The World and Us

The Intolerable Misfortune of Technology

Women As the Protectors of Life

Human Nature and History

The Decline of the World Knows No Mercy

The World At the Turn of the Millenium

Bull's Eye

The ABC of the Deep Ecologist - Part 1

The ABC of the Deep Ecologist - Part 2

The Sum of Life

On the Reversal of Finnish Society

Can We Survive? A Model for a Controlled Future


Pentti Linkola






6 hrs and 45 mins

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