Danny Shahar’s paper “Rejecting Eco-Authoritarianism, Again,” is forthcoming in Environmental Values.

Abstract: Ecologically-motivated authoritarianism flourished initially during the 1970s but largely disappeared after the decline of socialism in the late-1980s. Today, “Eco-Authoritarianism” is beginning to reassert itself, this time modeled not after the Soviet Union but modern-day China.  The new Eco-Authoritarians denounce central planning but still suggest that governments should be granted powers that free them from subordination to citizens’ rights or democratic procedures. I argue that current Eco-Authoritarian views do not present us with an attractive alternative to market liberal democracy even if we take a highly pessimistic view of our shared prospects under the latter sort of regime.