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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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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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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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Death by Hat

Florida’s Everglades are about half gone, drained over the past 80 years or so in favor of cropland and subdivisions. This is one big reason more than 90 percent of the state’s historic population of wading birds are gone, too. But … Continue reading

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Revolting Developments

Our language seems to have a built-in bias against nature. I’m thinking of the words “develop” and “development” in their odious usages in reference to minerals, soils, plants and water. We are told that it is good to “develop” them, … Continue reading

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