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Can Life Prevail?

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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. Can Life Prevail?, the latest book by Finnish environmentalist Pentti Linkola, provides a radical yet firmly grounded perspective on the ecological problems threatening both the biosph ...more
Softcover, 208 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Inner Traditions (first published September 2004)
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Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 suicidal one we have now I would go with his in a heart beat.


"I could never find two people who are perfectly equal: one will always be more valuable than the other. And many people, as a matter of fact, simply have no value." 

"...the chief cause for the impending collapse of the world - the cause sufficient in and by itself - is the enormous growth of the h
Brett Stevens
A collection of Linkola essays in English, this book provides a practical and poetic leap into the form of deep ecology known as ecofascism: to save nature, we must change how we live, starting with a recognition that "what we want" is never "what we need." Powerful, insightful, and haunting book. ...more
Aung Kaung
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can Life Prevail? by Pentti Linkola is a kind of book that will profoundly captivate your thoughts and has an internal force that could equip you to question the existing ideologies of the world. Before I go on lauding the author’s outright candor, I have to say, to lend certain honesty to my review, that I have expected a lot more than this after reading a short summary of the book on Wikipedia, which explains Linkola as someone who advocate eugenics, genocide and abortion as possible means to ...more
Ryan McCarthy
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Linkola is completely obsessed with the arbitrary national border, but aside from that I agree with pretty much everything he says.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is like 90% talking about Finnish birds, 10% advocating genocide.
Greg Paulson
Feb 20, 2011 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
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
boa parte do livro é pautada nas experiências pessoais do autor o que na minha opinião diminui um pouco a qualidade da obra, já que se ele quisesse defender melhor seus pontos de vista deveria ter se utilizado de fatos, o que acabou por diminuir um pouco a minha avaliação
dito isso, eu gostei do livro pq eu também me preocupo com o meio ambiente e acredito que as questões levantadas são bastante relevantes e que algo deveria ser feito sobre isso, não concordo porém com algumas das sugestões do au
Kevin Michael
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Pentti Linkola offers some consequentialist perspective on saving humanity from itself. While others talk about reducing emissions, Pentti Linkola talks about sterilization, radical transformation of government and a move back to the country.
Pedro Nobre
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
If you accept Linkola's premises, as most environmentalists do, you cannot escape his logical conclusions.

If you accept that the greatest danger humankind faces is mass extinction, that we should shift back to levels of consumption which predated the industrial revolution, and that we must go back to something like 2 billion human individuals worldwide, all of Linkola's advice follows logically. Even the most deranged ones: the rationing of births, the mass access to euthanasia and abortion, th
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Linkola is a crazy ride
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A selection of essays by Pentti Linkola.
Perhaps not a book for lovers of the domestic cat this book is a bit reminiscent of the old bloke ranting Daily Mail / Sun editorials to all and sundry only in this case the editorial line comes to the classic 1980s "Green Anarchist". 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. Part ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Some interesting parts (good and prescient points on cats as destroyers of ecosystems - see Australia), a lot of 'it is obvious that', 'everyone can see that' to support his more extreme points, culminating in a 'how I see the perfect state system' that's mostly just a wishlist ('produced things will be sturdy and last for a long time!' [because I say so!] 'mining and imports stop but we'll have solar power for everything!' [you need rare earths/mining for solar power!] 'we'll control births for ...more
David Harestad
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Linkola is nuts, maybe the kind of nuts we need right now
Rauros Ammonoidea
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Within Linkola's well-researched, spot-on, devastatingly lucid assortment of essays on a most pressing issue —by far the greatest of all— I found a missing ingredient, as cheesy and ludicrous as it may reverberate —love. He doesn't understand nature nor its egotistical, majestic struggle for life. As a matter of fact he doesn't support life in a veritable and earnestly compromised sense. Sure: he is an apt logician and a sometimes brilliant mind, an intelligence by which he seems to hold much st ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ecology
2/5 (2018-08-06)

Can Life Prevail?

+ A Look at Vegetarianism
+ Women As the Protectors of Life

This work, although agreeing with many points, reads so child-like. Is Linkola really as old as he is?

Some essays are interesting, namely the essays on Vegetarianism and Veganism. However, the majority of the book is superfluous and contains many rhetorical questions which are rather insincere, child-like and don't feel as though they are the product of profound rumination but superficial narcissism.

The d
John Rapp
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ecofascist Pentii Linkola discusses a variety of provocative ideas. For one, he suggests immediately working to reduce the human population by 90%...preferably, by requiring licenses to reproduce, limiting reproduction to one child per suitable couple. He does not seem opposed, to a terrorist group or body like the U.N. using biological or chemical warfare to attack densely populated metropolitan areas - the people who consume the most resources. He advocates that an authoritarian government car ...more
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Pentti Linkola is often labelled an eco-fascist, and on the strength of Can Life Prevail? it's hard to arrive at any other conclusion. In a series of essays regarding man's impact on the environment, Linkola has a pretty radical set of proposals to prevent imminent catastrophe and save humanity. Heavy industry should all but disappear except for the state-sanctioned production of useful tools, with people returning to simpler ways of living in agrarian societies. Private transportation should ...more
Matias Heino
Parhaimmillaan Linkolan tekstit ovat lyyrisesti erinomaisia, liikuttavia ja hauskoja, mutta huomattavan suuri osa tästä kirjasta on samojen asioiden toistelua kyllästymiseen asti. Tämän takia kirjaa tuli luettua satunnaisesti muutama essee kerrallaan ja koko kirjan lukemiseen kului viitisen kuukautta. Eniten Linkolan kirjoituksissa ärsyttää (totalitaristisen tendenssin lisäksi) tietynlainen ylimielisyys, joka ilmenee esimerkiksi siten, ettei hän välttämättä vaivaudu perustelemaan kunnollisesti e ...more
Brian Fang
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very profound collection of essays about saving the planet, including humanity. This guy is about as pro-life as you can get, as opposed to the perversion of death cultist sentimental universalists.

This book reminded me of Idiocracy, where hypermaterialistic humans in a dysgenic dystopia water their crops with energy drinks. Buzzwords "Human rights & sanctity, democracy" = "but it's got electrolytes"
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is worth a read- there are some thought-provoking segments, it shines a light on aspects of Finland that foreigners rarely see, and Linkola can be surprisingly funny- but it really expects you to accept all his premises without question, and many of his proposals come off as pipe dreams. Nice to encounter a radically different side of environmentalism from the mainstream, at any rate.
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate very much Linkola's criticism on democracy, and I agree that humans must obey to a good leader or otherwise they will lead themselves to extiction. But, sadly, all these reforms that he purposes are not possible anymore, maybe it would be if the axis had win the war? I don't know.
Aaron Bojarzin
A work that touches on the insanity of the modern world and the destruction its bringing to the planet. Straight from a guy who thinks war doesnt target enough women and children and praises 9/11. Quite a read.
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'd recommend this book to anyone who has already concluded that democracy is an unsatisfactory way to go about things. ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Critiques important, publicly accepted viewpoints, though the suggestions seem optimistic.
Oskar Milosz
Serious topic demanding attention and radical steps turned into boomer superstition porn.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Does Linkola have a point? Yes. Is it flawed? Of course.

The industrial revolution has no doubt altered the literal landscape of the Earth, and for someone like Linkola, who has long explored the beautiful lands of Finland, it's understandable why he might be upset. At the end of this collection of articles and essays, Linkola essentially crafts his "perfect" society. A place where government controls consumption in every aspect. People live in cabins, money is longer a thing, transportation is l
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
you may think that the greenish movement wewnt downhill after the domestic, tamed and indoorpeople spoiled the cause. well, you are right, ever since that the household politicans from the cities voted the Linkola, Komsi and even Könkkölä out of the office. the movement changed dramatically and watered down volving as common party, a household party for the conservative opportunities as well mannered pet. this book is a well example of what would and should be the doctrine of any sort of green m ...more
Илмар Шалаоя
Voisiko elämä voittaa was my introduction to the works of Pentti Linkola, who is without a doubt among the greatest thinkers of 20th century. His viewpoints on ecology and sustainability range from everyday life to suggesting alternative societal systems instead of the current destructive ones. These, topped off with his unsurpassed penmanship and heartfelt stories from his personal life make this collection a must for any thinking individual.
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Kaarlo Pentti Linkola (7 December 1932 – 5 April 2020) was a Finnish radical deep ecologist, ornithologist, polemicist, naturalist, writer, and fisherman. He wrote widely about his ideas and in Finland was a prominent thinker. He lived a simple and austere life.

Linkola blamed humans for the continuous degradation of the environment. He promoted rapid population decline to combat the problems commo

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