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25 Best “New Age”
I. INTRODUCTORY NOTE FROM EDITOR MARK SATIN
The 1970s were an exciting time: Although the New Left collapsed, a new political movement -- oriented more to ecology, voluntary simplicity and sexual liberation than socialism -- came to the fore.
Detractors called it the “New Age” movement, but from the beginning it sought to develop a coherent new analysis of society and strategy for social change (see New World Alliance elsewhere on this website).
Today many New Age political ideas, dressed up in more sober garb, have entered and are continuing to enter the mainstream. Some are called “radical centrist” or “radical middle” ideas, a concept popularized by Marilyn Ferguson in her 1980 bestseller, The Aquarian Conspiracy.
The following books were the backbone of that movement. Most of them hold up well. And they’re far more visionary than what’s coming off the presses today -- which suggests, sadly, that the sense of possibility in the 1970s was far greater than it is today.
II. THE TWENTY-FIVE BEST
Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Madness: What You Can Do
Ernest Callenbach, Ecotopia (novel)
Erich Fromm, To Have or to Be?
Willis Harman, An Incomplete Guide to the Future
Hazel Henderson, Creating Alternative Futures: The End of Economics
Ivan Illich, Tools for Conviviality
Julius Lester, All Is Well
Amory Lovins, Soft Energy Paths: Towards a Durable Peace
Donella Meadows et al., The Limits to Growth: A Report for the Club of Rome
Lewis Mumford, The Pentagon of Power (The Myth of the Machine, Vol. II)
Michael Phillips, The Seven Laws of Money
James Robertson, The Sane Alternative: A Choice of Futures
Theodore Roszak, Person / Planet: The Creative Disintegration of Industrial Society
Mark Satin, New Age Politics: Healing Self and Society
E.F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered
Robert Theobald, Beyond Despair: Directions for America's Third Century
William Irwin Thompson, At the Edge of History and Passages About Earth
Alvin Toffler, Future Shock
III. STILL NOT
III. STILL NOT
See our picks of the best visionary political books from the 2000s, HERE; from the 1990s, HERE; from the 1980s, HERE. And see HERE for an annotated list of all our Radical Middle Political Book Award winners from 1980 through 2009.
ABOUT THE RADICAL MIDDLE CONCEPT
GREAT RADICAL MIDDLE GROUPS AND BLOGS:
SOME PRIOR RADICAL MIDDLE INITIATIVES:
SOME RADICAL MIDDLE LESSONS:
SOME PRIOR WRITINGS BY MARK SATIN:
NOT JUST RADICAL MIDDLE: