The crew foreman stopped what he was doing and just stood there and looked at me. Then he finally asked, “Did you grow up on a farm?” I answered with a sheepish “yes.” He answered, “Throw that damned nail away and get you another one.” — jtl, 419
1. You give directions not by streets, but by fields and land marks.
2. You were driving Tractors before your feet could hit the pedals.
5. You plan events around planting and harvesting. A wedding during plant – fuhget about it!
6. Automatic transmission, no thanks! You were driving stick by the 3rd grade!
7. You can fix anything with some elbow grease and bailing wire.
8. A lot of your wardrobe came from your family’s seed or feed dealer.
9. You learned quickly where your loyalty would be – Green or Red?
10. You know where your food comes from, after all, you raised it and grew it!
Murray N. Rothbard was the father of what some call Radical Libertarianism or Anarcho-Capitalism which Hans-Hermann Hoppe described as “Rothbard’s unique contribution to the rediscovery of property and property rights as the common foundation of both economics and political philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism.”
This book applies the principles of this “unified moral science” to environmental and natural resource management issues.
The book started out life as an assigned reading list for a university level course entitled Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View.
As I began to prepare to teach the course, I quickly saw that there was a plethora of textbooks suitable for universal level courses dealing with environmental and natural resource economics. The only problem was that they were all based in mainstream neo-classical (or Keynesian) theory. I could find no single collection of material comprising a comprehensive treatment of environmental and natural resource economics based on Austrian Economic Theory.
However, I was able to find a large number of essays, monographs, papers delivered at professional meetings and published from a multitude of sources. This book is the result. It is composed of a collection of research reports and essays by reputable scientists, economists, and legal experts as well as private property and free market activists.
The book is organized into seven parts: I. Environmentalism: The New State Religion; II. The New State Religion Debunked; III. Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; IV. Interventionism: Law and Regulation; V. Pollution and Recycling; VI. Property Rights: Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain; and VII. Free Market Conservation. It also includes an elaborate Bibliography, References and Recommended Reading section including an extensive Annotated Bibliography of related and works on the subject.
The intellectual level of the individual works ranges from quite scholarly to informed editorial opinion.