A both odd and endearing figure. It\’s worth reading \”A Blueprint for Survival\” (it\’s out there on the net if you cannot find a paperback version).
Yes, lots of it is wrong but it was one of the first places (outside of the academic literature like Pigou etc) where we see the essential point: that externalities have to be put into market prices. He described it as people must pay the true cost of their actions, but it\’s the same point.
Monbiot has been hugely influenced by him and at the heart of both of their view of the world is this point:
I realised that the root problem was economic development.
That this is crazed lunacy still doesn\’t mean that Teddy didn\’t make some interesting points as well.