Can Life Prevail?, the latest book by Finnish environmentalist Pentti Linkola, provides a radical yet firmly grounded perspective on the ecological problems. PDF | On Jan 1, , PHILIP CAFARO and others published Can Life Prevail? A Revolutionary Approach to the Environmental Crisis by Pentti Linkola. Pentti Linkola Kaarlo Pentti Linkola was born in Helsinki, Finland in Having spent most of his life working as a professional fisherman.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling linkkla about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Can Life Prevail? With the train of civilisation 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.

With essays covering topics as diverse as animal rights, extinction, deforestation, terrorism and overpopulation, Can Life Prevail? We can now llife prosperity for bringing us – among other things – two million cars, millions of glaring, grey-black electronic entertainment boxes, and many unnecessary buildings to cover the green earth. Wealth and surplus money have led to financial gambling and rampant social injustice, whereby ‘the common people’ end up contributing to the construction of golf courses, classy 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. Having spent most of his life working as a professional fisherman, he now continues to lead a materially simple existence in the countryside. A renowned figure in Finland, since the s Linkola has published numerous books on environmentalism. Lrevail, he is among the foremost exponents of the philosophy of deep ecology. Penttopages. Published April 1st by Inner Traditions first published Penhti To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Can Life Prevail? Lists with This Book. I agree with the majority of Pentti Nikola’s ideas, some I don’t agree with but if I had to choose his plan for a new society or the linkoola one we have now I would go with his in a heart beat. And many people, as a matter of fact, simply have no value. The worst enemy of life is too much pentyi For this reason, humanity as a whole is enormously destructive: People will definitely not slip into oblivion while hugging each prevai.

The final stages in the life of humanity will be marked lifw the monstrous war of all against all: Anyone aware of global issues can easily imagine how vast the hatred for the United States – a corrupted, swollen, paralysing and suffocating political entity – must be across the Third World – and among the thinking minority of the West too.

Extinction is irreversible, the worst blow that could befall the biosphere. These lines are something you would certainly avoid to say if you live in the world of liberals.

While reading this collection of essays, I have alarmingly sensed the environmentally and politically conservative ideas of the author. His love for nature is enormous — he made a living as a fisherman from a rowboat and sold his fish to local people from a horse-drawn cart, in his native land, Finland until he reached retirement age, he never uses any type of energy-consumed transportation he once toured around the Europe with his wife on bikes to watch birds and enjoy the naturehe avoids all kinds of devices and modern technology so on and so forth.

Also what the author really advocate is to go back to the pre-industrial life with less population and less material development.

From the first chapter to the last, Linkola is able to point out the facts that I used to overlook when thinking pentto the environmental issues.

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Through his experiences both as a fisherman and a person living in Finland, Linkola criticized on the modern-day hygiene phobia, human slavery to machines and modern lifestyle that is harmful to the environment.

And that even if this path were not to lead to ecocatastrophe and extinction, it would still be a gloomy and dreadful one? However, as I should have expected, most of the facts are based on his personal observations as a lover of nature and are just Finland-wise.

Lack of proper research except his personal experiences to back up the major claims he made in his essays, such as distortion of the facts on deforestation by the Department of Forestry Research caan Finland and WWF for the financial and industrial interests and the suggestion to stop investing medical technology, research and human labor in saving the lives of infants and mothers and instead, channel them towards the care for the elderly citizens who are wiser and more useful to the society.

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Because of the aforementioned subjects, do not think the book is just bemoaning on the annihilation of the nature and eco-catastrophe by human race because there certainly are amusing ideas. Also that of frail men and tough women is not a myth, but an established fact of human life, hence, granting women as the protectors of Life. Most of us including the scientists and world leaders do not seem to be aware that the rampant hunger of global capitalism and industrialization has eaten up the natural resources to intolerable extent.

But we are either ignorant or reluctant to point out the main factors driving this. From the dawn of human progress as foragers to nowadays, we only develop towards one way —comfort. All the technology and devices we have ever created help our work to be more efficient and effective while eroding the natural resources like oil and gas, the energy of the Sun kept within millions of years ago. In his essays, Linkola has called for the very minimal use of them and adoption towards more bucolic agriculture lifestyle.

Although he refers to himself as a deep liknola, it is eco-fascism and radical environmental empiricism cqn drive his work and his life. In fact, he is a great admirer of Nature and Life as the title partly suggests. The analogy of the boat with more people it can carry in the middle of the sea is convincing so much that I become an ardent supporter to decrease lige seven billion human population as quick and effective as possible.

I felt sad to read the conclusion of the book.

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I have fully agreed with the author that his utopia is the only sustainable model that can grant our species eternity of Life. But I also know that the chance lire his model becoming reality is next to zero in reality. As the book is more like his collection of thoughts, there are criticisms on veganism, animal rights, foreign policy of the United States and penttti yes, I typed nihilism which will be a little off linokla the topic but worthy for your cerebration.

But for this review, I will leave them out for the sake of space and time and have you think about them and make your own decision as to Can Life Prevail?

Feb 20, Greg Paulson rated it liked it. Linkola has definitely motivated me more in thinking about the environment, so it was worth the read but I also have many criticisms.

Firstly, the first three chapters have little relevance to anyone outside Finland.

Furthermore, they will only be interesting to someone who has a big interest in the particular birds, animals, and species of plants native to Finland. The single saving grace is that it is well-written and in small, digestible chunks. Linkola at his best is making broad statements a Linkola has definitely motivated me more in thinking about the environment, so it was worth the read but I also have many criticisms.

Linkola at his best is making broad statements about humanity, over-population, liberalism, the market economy, and democracy. His environmentalism or conservationism is extreme even for extremists. I do agree with him on many things but he often mixes his better ideas with silly ones. Particularly, his call to “eliminate competition” between humans is completely unrealistic and not even desirable in my opinion.

The best thing reading ‘Can life Prevail’ has done for me is to get me thinking more seriously about environmental issues which so often get sidetracked in almost every arena but particularly in racialist circles despite having a presence among a few members. Overall, I would suggest people to read it but to skip the first three chapters. Jan 13, Brett Stevens added it Shelves: A collection of Linkola essays in English, this book provides a practical and poetic leap into the form of deep ecology known as ecofascism: Translated from the Finnish “Can Life Prevail” is not exactly a work of literary genius but it does not claim to be.

Author Pentti Linkola is something of a cult figure in Deep Ecology who has collected some interesting bedfellows and supporters along the way.


Partly a rant against modern pentgi and partly a plea for the survival of life does make some very valid and worthwhile points along the way. While many are likely to find some of his statements outrageous pentri repugnant for example his positive spin on prevwil attack on the WTC such views can help illustrate the complete disregard the majority of humanity have for even worse crimes and slaughter which passes for normal, acceptable linkloa a price worth paying to sustain our unsustainable “civilisation”.

Linkolas most grounded commentary concerns his home environment of his native Finland. Born in the s he has from an early age closely observed, catalogued the natural world. From his personal travels and records he has a very clear picture of the destruction of Finland’s flora and fauna, which he ranks as some of the worst in Europe but reflective of a general picture.

He makes the important point that managed woodland is not ancient natural woodland and that the picture of Finland as green and pleasant hides a more complex reality.

His prognosis for the future is not great “half our population is frantically engaged in ‘green’ activity, the rest depressingly oblivious” Unlike many others Linkola is not afraid to tackle the problem of people head on “the worst enemy of life is too much life: In calling for extreme measure to check and reduce the unsustainable proliferation of the human species Linkola pntti the need for population control and objects to the concept of individual human rights which he believes go against the best interests of the human species.

Liberal democracy does not appeal to Linkola who welcomes facets of dictatorship and authoritarianism without really acknowledging liknola demonstrable failings to bring about any of the positive results he seems to hope they might.

Reviewing Finnish society Linkola identifies a malaise that has ripped apart society where mechnaisation has destroyed real work, purpose, culture and self pride. Communitieis, ppentti rural he says have been wrecked, appealing to happier times of honest manual labour and self made culture and entertainment he advocates a return to the land and to village life.

While he no doubt has some valid points, all amply illustrated by example, especially his own trade as a fisherman, those who would join him in a return to the days of old are few. Reading Linkola’s book I believe he is truly motivated by his love of all life and his desire to see his precious natural world with all its wonder saved from the ravages of human destruction as much as he desires to pprevail humanity from itself.

He proposes a Utopian world where all the trappings of the 21st Century have been consigned to the scrap heap.

A world where love of neighbour and mutual aid are the rule and not money and the hording of possessions, where entertainment and culture are once again community led and not corporate commodities.

The alternative he says is too horrible to imagine. Pentti Linkola though is, I believe, a voice in the wilderness and one whose words will be written off as a ranting and perhaps dangerous nutter, some would no doubt add him to their list of terrorist suspects or sympathisers.

Baring some unimaginable miracle the “too horrible to imagine” future for humanity will soon not need imagination, nor will the mass extinctions of the natural world, its flora and fauna which have driven Linkola to his place as leading Deep Ecologist.

A few points you need to be aware of: The essays in the book are from the s, or from the very beginning of our century, so some things have changed. For example, suicide rate is lower now, and a big part of the people are considerably poorer in Finland today. Most of us no longer live the monstrous consumer party that Linkola describes in the book and many people never lived it, some even chose not to live it.

Linkola is very controversial. He says some outrageous things. Does he say them to A few points you need to be aware of: Does he say them to underline the graveness of the situation, I don’t know. However, it’s totally unnecessary to say them. He undermines his own credibility in doing so. He is a totalitarian, an eco-fascist.