Is it possible for one of the most dynamic and exploitative social systems in the history of the world to stave off global warming, massive habitat destruction, and the vast changes in the earth's nitrogen cycle? This essay will examine the origins of green liberalism—the idea that recourse to the market and its price mechanism combined with individual action can lead to ecological balance. It examines the historical forces that gave rise to this ideology and documents the existence of at least one main democratic alternative brushed aside as green liberalism took root beginning in the 1970s.

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