Democracy and ecological soundness

Ethics and the Environment 4 (1):39-56 (1999)
Though the goals of democracy and ecological soundness are largely believed to be necessarily linked, there is sometimes a lack of adequate argument demonstrating this connection. Defining ecological soundness and democracy and showing weaknesses in some typical attempts to link them, I argue that democracy is in fact necessary for ecological improvement. The undemocratic practices of capitalism, ecological discrimination, and global inequality all play key roles in environmental degradation. Drawing on David Schweickart's (1996) recent argument for "Economic Democracy," I defend such a model of democratic socialism as the most ecologically sound political and economic form currently possible. © 7999 Elsevier Science Inc
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