Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Peak OilApocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226285269

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226285573.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 20 September 2021

Alone Together

Alone Together

The Libertarian Shift and the Network Effect

(p.77) Three Alone Together
Peak Oil

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 3 argues that the surprising individualism of peakists is evidence of the influence of libertarian ideas on Americans who do not consider themselves conservative. It views the peak oil movement in the context of a transformation in American political culture over the last three decades: the growth of libertarian ideals, accelerated by the adoption of digital technologies with a tendency towards depoliticization. Through related histories of the ‘libertarian shift’ since the 1970s (the combination of the spread of political skepticism and activism by American conservatives) and the libertarian aspects of the Internet’s development, it uses the peak oil movement to explore the tendency (or ‘social affordance’) of the Internet to create a culture of ‘networked individuals,’ participants in fleeting virtual communities that only exist online and can discourage political or collective action.

Keywords:   conservative movement, libertarianism, neoliberalism, individualism, internet, network effect, virtual communities, cyber-libertarianism

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.