Thursday, December 29, 2005

Unnatural Selection

The Wall Street Journal today has an excellent opinion piece today (registration may be required) on the harm that environmentalism caused to a family-owned sawmill and other small businesses of its type. The article ends with the following paragraph (emphasis mine):

Fifteen years ago, not long after the release of "Playing God in Yellowstone," his seminal work on environmentalism's philosophical underpinnings, I asked philosopher and environmentalist Alston Chase what he thought about this situation. I leave you to ponder his answer: "Environmentalism increasingly reflects urban perspectives. As people move to cities, they become infatuated with fantasies about land untouched by humans. This demographic shift is revealed through ongoing debates about endangered species, grazing, water rights, private property, mining and logging. And it is partly a healthy trend. But this urbanization of environmental values also signals the loss of a rural way of life and the disappearance of hands-on experience with nature. So the irony: As popular concern for preservation increases, public understanding about how to achieve it declines."

As I've mentioned before, I'm an Eagle Scout and love the outdoors. Conservation is good and necessary, but not at the expense of the well-being of men. Environmentalism is based purely one belief, not fact. They don't like seeing trees cut down or the ground dug up, therefore it must be bad. Read the whole article, you'll see where I'm coming from.

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Blogger Gayle bloody well said...

I know where you are coming from without reading the entire article, but I will read it anyway.

Conservation is a good thing when done with common sense. Unfortunately common sense has gone by the wayside with environmentalist wacko groups. They take everything to extreme. Some farmers can't farm certain parts of their land because they might disturb an endagered beetle. So beetles are more important than the farmer! Makes no sense...

Merry (belated) Christmas and Happy (early) New Year! :)

29 December, 2005 10:41  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox bloody well said...

I think most conservatives (and libertarians :-)) are for conservation like you're saying. We just reject the environmentalist wackos and their extremism.

29 December, 2005 11:42  
Blogger shoprat bloody well said...

30 years ago environmentalists had long-term human interests at heart. Now a true environmentalist considers man to be the problem and human interests irrelevant or possibly even detrimental.

Today we need to differentiate between an environmentalist and a conservationist.

About 10 years ago I read, in the The Nation of all places, the term eco-fascist, a word I am suprised has not ccaught

29 December, 2005 11:52  
Anonymous Hey-You bloody well said...

A number of years ago Rush Limbaugh stated that the enviromentalist movement was the new home of the Communist Party. (The cold war had just ended.) At the time I thought he was nuts, but now, I think I agree. There is more to the "enviromentalist movement" than meets the eye.

29 December, 2005 12:04  
Blogger Bathroom Hippo bloody well said...


29 December, 2005 13:05  
Blogger jgf bloody well said...

My definitions:

Conservationism -protecting our world to better help it work for us and our children

Environmentalism -protecting the world from any human habitation

29 December, 2005 20:11  
Blogger His Majesty bloody well said...

For years now, I've advocated for the complete destruction of the Earth.

The trees have stood in my way long enough. Today, we take back the world!

Giga-byte! Giga-byte!

30 December, 2005 08:47  
Blogger Crazy Politico bloody well said...

I used to belong to the "pave the earth" society, who wished all trees and other impediments moved so that racing would be less hazzardous. (they still exist, in small numbers in usenet).

I realize lately though, I like trees, grass, etc, and would like them preserved. However, killing someone's livelihood so a flippin' frog can jump state lines is a little overkill.

30 December, 2005 14:42  

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