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Early Daoist biopolitics and a new Daoist political ecology

ByEric S. Nelson

This chapter investigates a number of early Daoist and related models of biopolitics and their potential for a contemporary critical political ecology and anarchic and democratic forms of ecopolitics. While there are interpretations that support authoritarianism and the laissez faire-like organization of society consisting of individual pursuits, I consider the extent to which other anarchic, democratic, and progressive ecopolitical examples and models are suggested in early Daoist portrayals of anti-politics , nurturing and responsively attuned sage-kings, and simplified self-organizing communities.