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Libertarians and the Environment

I’ve been running into a lot of Ron Paul supporters, and perhaps the most surprising wrinkle comes from people who believe that a strict adherence to private-property rights will help the environment. The problem here is that while most people … Continue reading

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Love

Here’s a puzzle: No one would profess to want to harm the environment, yet environmental harm continues apace. Indeed, even as our avowals of greenness grow stronger and more frequent — even in automobile commercials! — destruction picks up steam. … Continue reading

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Perfection

I’m not sure if it was a leaf-blower or a leaf-sucker, but the man I saw wielding it on his suburban lawn, over Thanksgiving, was doing so with intent. His target was the last stray leaf on his still-green half-acre. … Continue reading

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Nature is Not “Out There”

It would be great to be able to be legitimately amazed that people don’t understand that we depend on the natural world for literally everything, and that anything that upsets its equilibrium is bound to harm us, too. But we … Continue reading

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Outhouse Wisdom

This past summer I spent a few days in a place where one relieved oneself in an outhouse. And now I shall show you the world in a grain of poop. My retreat was a nature preserve-slash-primitive-farm-slash-education center in the … Continue reading

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A New Story of Us

I was reading a New Yorker piece about Dutch painter Frans Hals when this biographical sentence jumped out: “His father was a cloth-worker, and it made sense to settle in Haarlem, a flourishing center of the textile industries.” This recounts … Continue reading

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Technology is Like a Flashlight

A recent trip to the woods reminded me of another use for the flashlight. It provides a useful metaphor for the limits and dangers of technology. When you use a flashlight, you probably get the results you were aiming for: … Continue reading

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Poison Turkey is Us

The recall of 36 million pounds of ground turkey this past week by Cargill is not the result of some food-industry aberration. It’s completely predictable – simply the cost of doing business when food is an industry. Cargill’s turkey was … Continue reading

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The Price of Food

A few weeks ago, I ran across a couple media reports that struck me as significantly if not obviously related. One was a newspaper article about how farms, especially corn farms, are being targeted by speculators The other was an … Continue reading

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Bats and Wind Energy

Disturbing article today in our local rag out here in Pittsburgh. It’s about the toll the growing ranks of wind farms take on bats. On average, it’s estimated, each turbine kills 25 bats a year. The article also emphasizes what … Continue reading

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