Saturday, June 12, 2004


Red ideas prevent Green results:

"Mother Gaia Earth Mama (or whatever the tattooed homosexual vegetarian campus leftists call it) will not be more pristine if we all go primitive. Research is conclusive that as countries develop economically, they inevitably turn their attention to the environment. Population growth reverses with economic development, too. All this is inevitable with economic development, which itself is founded in secure property rights. And while we property owners keep our property clean, people and countries in poverty, especially individuals who don't own property, aren't going to care much about polluting the environment if it means they get something to eat.

I've said it before, and I'm not the only one to have said it: The environment will get better if governments stop taking over private property and if they stop interfering in voluntary economic transactions. Wealthy (by world standards) environmentalists who go around the world persuading governments to exercise powers over property and commerce are not only hurting people - witness, for example, millions of needless malaria deaths - but are preventing the environmental cleanliness they claim is their goal".

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