THE PLOT CONTAINS ELEMENTS OF LOST HORIZON AND HEART OF DARKNESS, FITZCARRALDO AND THE TEMPEST. AFTER MAKING A FORTUNE AS FOUNDER OF NORTH FACE AND ESPRIT, DOUGLAS TOMPKINS EMBRACED THE PRINCIPLES OF DEEP ECOLOGY. THEN, FORSAKING CIVILIZATION, HE BOUGHT A YOSEMITE-SIZED PIECE OF WILDERNESS IN CHILE, WHERE ONLY HE AND A LIKE-MINDED FEW WOULD LIVE. THEY INTENDED TO SHOW THE WORLD HOW AN ECO-COMMUNITY COULD FLOURISH EVEN AS THE ANCIENT FOREST WAS KEPT PRISTINE. TOMPKINS RAN INTO ONE BIG PROBLEM: OTHER PEOPLE
Be it environmental change or democracy, it seems clear that change is much more likely to take hold when it's discovered or decided upon by the locals opposed to being force fed from afar.
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