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Property Means Preservation

William748 Wrote: Jul 01, 2012 9:25 AM
I definitely think that this idea is great in Africa, but how does it work here in the United States (or other 1st world country)? Maybe in the west, but elsewhere, not so much. The only thing that protects land from being developed is government involvement(ownership, payments for set-asides etc.). Private entities too often end up like the Nature Conservancy where a lot of people contribute and the rich who run it use the land as their private vacation spot. I don't know what the answer is, but maybe if we had more honor and less greed at high levels both inside and outside government, we might get somewhere.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Jul 01, 2012 10:45 AM
First explain why preventing land from being developed is a good thing.

Then explain why the remedy is not that donors keep a close eye on the recipients of their money and give only to those who use it in ways that they approve of.

Then explain how you expect to change human nature to produce "more honor and less greed at high levels" -- in complete contradiction to all historical experience in every nature and every epoch.
William748 Wrote: Jul 01, 2012 6:45 PM
Huh. I thought that that was what the writer was talking about-saving animals and not turning the land into farmland. As for keeping land from being developed, I live near D. C. The vacancy rate for business property is 2-3 times what it was 4 years ago (oh-wait -Obummer). Why build something that won't be occupied(I know-crony capitalism)? And how do you keep a close eye on someplace you're not allowed to go?
So, you don't think it's possible to have honor in high places? My extended family would beg to differ. Who are you going to vote for since both candidates for president have been in high places and by your definition, are dishonorable and greedy.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Jul 01, 2012 6:47 PM
Are you going to actually answer the questions or not?

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...