February 26, 2017

letters

Letters written by Edward Goldsmith

Letter to the Guardian

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This letter was written to John Vidal, the Guardian‘s environment editor, in response to accusations by George Monbiot in “Stealing our clothes”, published in the Guardian on 30 April 2002. The article also appears on Monbiot’s website under the title “Black shirts in green trousers”. In the article, Monbiot asserts that Edward Goldsmith “assumes that […]

Cooking up right-wing connections

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In this letter, published in The Guardian on Tuesday 18 July 2000, Edward Goldsmith responds to Age of Rage by Fred Pearce, published previously in The Guardian on Wednesday July 12, 2000. See also My Answer, Goldsmith’s extensive rebuttal of these and other similar attacks. Fred Pearce’s article on The Ecologist‘s record over the last […]

Is science neutral?

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Following the articles in The Ecologist of April 2000 examining the independence of the scientific world, developmental biologist Professor Lewis Wolpert of University College London debates the neutrality of science with environmentalist and Ecologist founder Edward Goldsmith. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 30 No. 3, May 2000. Dear Professor Wolpert, One thing that modern science […]

Is free trade working for everyone?

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A debate with Jagdish Bhagwati, Arthur Lehman professor of economics at Columbia University. From Prospect, December 1999 26th October 1999 Dear Jagdish Bhagwati, It is generally assumed that Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, published in 1776, provides an irrefutable justification for free trade as it is practised today. Nothing could be further from the […]

Damned over the dam

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Letter published in The Guardian on Saturday 3 July 1999. Brian Wilson (“Dam Cheek”, the Guardian, 1 July 1999) refuses to publish the facts on the Ilisu dam – the excuse being commercial confidentiality. If it is the law that the interests of any large company has precedence over social, ecological and moral imperatives, then […]

Letter to Ecotheology

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A letter sent to the editor of Ecotheology, replying to a review of The Way: an ecological worldview. First I must thank you for publishing a review of my book The Way: An Ecological Worldview (Ecotheology 3 (1998), pp. 92-93). This book has now come out in the UK (two editions), and the US (two […]

Cancer isn’t natural

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Letter in the Sunday Telegraph, 31st August, 1997. Professor Sir Richard Doll, Britain’s leading expert on the epidemiology of cancer, whose letter you published last week, insists that the incidence of the disease is falling. But he also insists (in each case against all the evidence) that asbestos does not cause lung cancer and that […]

An open letter to Judy Maciejowska

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This powerful letter, dated 8 March 1995, was written to Green Party activist Judy Maciejowska in response to a letter from her which has unfortunately been lost. Dear Judy, I am sorry I have taken so long to produce anything in writing. This is not the document you asked for, it is me thinking aloud […]

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