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On a Weekend Walk

I recalled a passage I had read recently. Guess who might have said it?

The fallacious doctrine that government must subsidize all conservation (would ultimately) bankrupt either the treasury, the land or both.

I came across it in this nice book by Eric Freyfogle called The Land We Share. That was from Aldo Leopold. Now the quote is somewhat taken out of context and indeed Leopold himself was concerned that brute individualism could threaten nature, and itself. But notice that he did not make the next (il)logical jump that some others with the same preferences for nature and suspicion of individualism might make. He was among a class of conservationists that I believe is in limited supply today. In a future post I will share with you why I am less concerned about the world than I used to be.

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