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It is easy to feel helpless in the face of the torrent of information about environmental catastrophes taking place all over the world. In Soil and Soul, Scottish activist and academic Alastair McIntosh shows how it is still possible for individuals to take on the might of corporate power and emerge victorious. Alastair's beliefs are rooted in his upbringing on the Isle of Lewis. In the first part of his book he explores the ways in which the old way of life in the Hebrides was threatened with extinction by global capitalism; he does not advocate a return to some kind of preindustrial golden age, but balances the gains of modernity against what has been lost - in particular the disintegration of communities governed by a sense of mutual responsibility. The second part of the book demonstrates how Alastair's principles of community empowerment can be successfully put into practice. Working closely with the inhabitants of the Isle of Eigg, Alastair was partly responsible for the first-known case in which Scottish tenants cleared a laird from his own estate. The people of Eigg raised sufficient funds to purchase their island from their landlord, very much against his will, thus galvanizing public demands for widespread land reform in Scotland. Plans to turn a Hebridean mountain into a superquarry were overturned after Alastair persuaded Native American War Chief Sulian Stone Eagle Herney to come to Scotland and testify at the public enquiry. This extraordinary book incorporates theology, economics, ecology, history and politics as the author journeys towards a radical new philosophy of place. The daring and imaginative responses to the destruction of the natural world he describes make this an uplifting, empowering and inspirational read.
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Alastair McIntosh is a Scottish writer and campaigner. A fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology, he lectures all over the world on subjects including new economics, community and non-violent defence strategies. He is author of Soil and Soul, published by Aurum.Review:
'This is a world-changing book, one of the most important I have ever read, which will transform our perception of ourselves, our history and our surroundings'
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Book Description Aurum Press, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1854108026