It has always been politics

Written by Terry Tempest Williams

It has always been politics.  But there is a higher result--a resistance to our energetic capacity to invade and destroy our public lands.

Conservation is part of our enactment of democracy based o­n the democratic ideals expressed by James Wilson, secretary of agriculture under President Taft:  "...the greatest good to the greatest number for the longest time."  As locals tied to the exploitive susceptibility of the land we live o­n, we wind up thanking our federal government for saving us from ourselves.  A nation's appetite for beauty transcends a state's hunger for greed.

(Terry Tempest Williams, Red, p.101.)

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