Balancing Wildlands with Liberty
AwN | I have advocated liberty on this blog before, and I also commonly reference the government failing to protect the wild environment while being charged with the duty to do so. If you have similar proclivity you might think there is a contradiction. For sure, on its surface there is a problem reconciling the belief that people have basic rights to their land, and that they are also a danger to their land via ownership.
The problem is that when these groups like Ammon Bundy's and the American Lands Council want control of Federal Land all they really want is the right to exploit that land. When they demand the right to land, what they really want is to remove public protection of the land for their private interest and profit. The problem here is both human nature, which has a certain element of greed, and the capitalist imperative to earn large sums of money by any means necessary. Even when it is not 'large sums of money' but merely a living, you will still find that it is the capitalist structure driving them to the exploitation of the land (along with the aforementioned greed). I doubt you would find too many subsistence farmers among the lot of 'liberty activists' toting guns to federal lands for a standoff. That day is not here, nor is America overpopulated enough to justify destroying forest for 'subsistence farming'.