Thursday, May 25, 2006

Nice Quote

Just as centralized economic planning has failed, centralized ecological planning will fail. The solution to our environmental problems will not be found in more government agencies, bureaucrats, and arbitrary regulations. Rather, we need an approach which relies on individual responsibility and its concomitants, individual liberty and private-property rights.

— Chuck Olson, The Stanford Review [November 1, 1992]

(Thanks FFF)

1 comment:

Nichlemn said...

It should work for things that involve scarce resources and all the other things that have been hijacked into being an "environmental" issue (like energy efficiency), but could you really see property rights alone preventing someone from wiping out a habitat for some birds with no financial merit? If I own an area which I could convert into a resort or keep as a bird sanctuary, a bit more is required than simply my property rights over the area to encourage it.