In the spirit of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, one of America’s foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called “The Blessing,” enforced by a totally integrated digital world known as the "Purity Web." Readers will find themselves haunted by the questions the narrator struggles to answer in this fictional memoir: "What happened, why did it happen, how could it have happened?"
Frederic C. Rich, an eminent international corporate lawyer and environmental leader, is the author of the dystopian political novel Christian Nation. He lives in Manhattan and the Hudson Valley of New York.
rule the great kingdom of Vatsa, which stretched across the length and breadth of Bharatvarsh.
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Some are born great. Some become great. Yet others have greatness thrust upon them. But what qfhe who is all three?
Raised to be King, Udayan was taught the skills of the warrior whose blade carries the blood of his enemies, as well as the craft of the statesman whose words hide his thoughts. And yet his soul belonged to the Goddess of Music. A maestro on the veena, he was mesmerized and bewitched by her many forms. As time passed, the great Vatsa Empire crumbled as its musician»King sat lost to
the reality of the intrigue, espionage and wars which threatened to wipe out both his kingdom and the Pandava line forever.
This is the epic tale of Udayan; his devoted Minister, Yaugandharayan; his fiercely loyal General, Rumanwan; and the brilliant Court Jester, Vasantak. It is also the story of Pradyot, proud King of Avanti, and Udayan’s abduction of his vivacious and beautiful daughter, Vasavdatta. As the thrilling narrative sweeps across the plains and mountains of Bharatvarsh, raising the dust of history, events long past come to life once again and a people long gone, live, love and ride once more under the banner of their Pandava King.
The Green movement in America has lost its way. Pew polling reveals that the environment is one of the two things about which Republicans and Democrats disagree most. Congress has not passed a landmark piece of environmental legislation for a quarter-century. As atmospheric CO2 continues its relentless climb, even environmental insiders have pronounced “the death of environmentalism.”
In Getting to Green, Frederic C. Rich argues that meaningful progress on urgent environmental issues can be made only on a bipartisan basis. Rich reminds us of American conservation’s conservative roots and of the bipartisan political consensus that had Republican congressmen voting for, and Richard Nixon signing, the most important environmental legislation of the 1970s. He argues that faithfulness to conservative principles requires the GOP to support environmental protection, while at the same time he criticizes the Green movement for having drifted too far to the left and too often appearing hostile to business and economic growth.
With a clear-eyed understanding of past failures and a realistic view of the future, Getting to Green argues that progress on environmental issues is within reach. The key is encouraging Greens and conservatives to work together in the space where their values overlap—what the book calls “Center Green.” Center Green takes as its model the hugely successful national land trust movement, which has retained vigorous bipartisan support.
Rich’s program is pragmatic and non-ideological. It is rooted in the way America is, not in a utopian vision of what it could become. It measures policy not by whether it is the optimum solution but by the two-part test of whether it would make a meaningful contribution to an environmental problem and whether it is achievable politically. Application of the Center Green approach moves us away from some of the harmful orthodoxies of mainstream environmentalism and results in practical and actionable positions on climate change, energy policy, and other crucial issues. This is how we get to Green.