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Property Means Preservation

Gene222 Wrote: Jun 11, 2012 3:48 PM
The "use" of wildlife, wild lands, water, and space, not to mention the concomitant ethnic cleansing was something more on the order of run amok libertarianism on its logical course. To be realistic, the theme of the day was nation building and the mission was subjugation of "the commons" before some other power moved in. The lands were "owned", i.e., occupied and claimed by the natives, which mattered not to the libertarian spirit of conquest and personal profiteering. The native owners had muddled along for well over ten thousand years until the dregs of an over-populated world spilled over and showed them how good Christians do it.

To the minds of most environmentalists, the ham-hand of government is needed to protect wildlife. Private property be damned — the government must step in, otherwise every species on the planet will be hunted into oblivion, or human development will gobble up all remaining wildlife habitat, leading to the complete extinction of all species.

However, on the African plain it's just the opposite. From the van leaving Hoedspruit airport to the Thornybush Game Preserve, we saw nothing but mile after mile of African savannah, enclosed in electrified fencing (and at one point an ape bounding across the road). Although...