Alan Savory is a brilliant man when it comes to ecology. However, his political views have a serious port side list and they have since the days of Rhodesia. Be that as it may, in this article, he showed some signs of understanding the main part of the problem when he referred to what is going on in the West as a “cultural genocide.”Indeed it is.
He describes the problem very well and shows a thorough understanding of how the American political system doesn’t work.
His his solution is a mammoth and magical shift in “public perception.” Anybody want to make any book on whether or not that will ever happen?
He makes very little, if any, mention of the role that private property and free markets will, by necessity, have to play when the “ultimate tragedy occurs.”
“Solutions and collaboration” are not possible–at least on the grandiose scale we need, and the short time we have to muster it, in order to avert the “ultimate tragedy.” Further, there will always be “conflict” as long as the dominant guy (a sociopath by default) gains his revenue at the point of a gun.
Most all “problems” are manufactured by, or are unintended consequences of, government interventionism. Abolish government and these problems will disappear as if by magic.
The laws of economics are as real as the law of gravity. The ignorant owners of “desertified”ranches would be on their own. They will go broke and, as a result, the assets will fall into more capable hands. It is nature’s way. — jtl, 419
by Alan Savory in RANGE MAGAZINE
The recent RANGE article featuring Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy (whose cattle were taken from his southern Nevada range by the BLM backed up by SWAT teams) typifies the western ranching cultural genocide taking place. It is a tragedy based on deeply held myths and assumptions rather than on any known science.
No publication has done more than RANGE, valiantly fighting for fairness and the rights of ranchers in the protracted rancher-federal agency war over western public lands. When decent human beings—including ranchers, environmentalists and government land managers who are doing the best they can—all want healthy land with abundant wildlife, flowing rivers, stable rural families and communities in a healthy thriving nation, solutions and collaboration are needed instead of conflict.
How easy it is to draw our swords and yet how difficult it is to re-sheath them. So let me start with a point that I believe all parties can agree upon… Continue Reading Here