My latest contribution in the ongoing debate at VNN Forum over libertarianism.
The White man is complemented by tradition and experience. We’ve had a hundred years now to reflect upon our various mistakes in killing off so many of these species. In particular, we banned indiscriminate market hunting almost a century ago. We recognized that ecosystems are interconnected and stretch across private property lines. The federal government set aside 150 million acres of land as national wildlife refuges where threatened and endangered species have the space to recover.
Although there have been a few mistakes, the system has been a spectacular success. Many of these species have bounced back to such an extent (the white tail deer and wild turkey) that it is hard to believe they were ever seriously threatened. A whole industry has grown up around commercial exploitation of the turkey. Thanks to Madison Grant’s efforts, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana and other Western states have a thriving tourism industry. Sportsmen have bountiful fish and game to pursue every hunting season. Significant parts of North America’s unspoiled natural wilderness was preserved for posterity. If that were not enough, tons of good, secure, high paying jobs were created in both government and the private sector.
In the name of the common good, a few limits were placed on individual liberty, property rights, and short term profits. Everyone benefited in the long term. T.R. held out hope that effete urbanized White males would get out into the wilderness and rediscover their manly virtues.
It is worth noting that the park system and wildlife management is one of the few enduring examples of America’s flirtation with illiberalism. At least when it comes to wildlife, liberals have come around to appreciating aesthetic preservationism, which is a small hop away from racialism. In Madison Grant’s case, there was no contradiction between wanting to preserve the magnificent American bison and the great American Nordic. The former logically led to the latter.
Here is where Lewpus comes into the picture. Out of fidelity to a liberal abstraction, to a principle untethered to history and experience, he would scrap the entire system of game laws, wildlife refuges, national parks, and international treaties that protect endangered species. He would send in the market hunters, stripminers, loggers, developers, and real estate speculators who would chew up everything in sight like a horde of locusts.
After they get done milking these areas for every natural resource, they would bulldoze and pave over everything, build highway strips and collector highways clogged with automobiles and dotted with fast food shacks, muffler shops, chain hotels and big box stores, all of which would service cookie cutter suburban McMansions sprawling out into the decimated countryside. A cheap labor force of non-White helots would be imported to flip cheeseburgers and mow lawns.
Do entire species have to die for bourgeois women can decorate their hats with a few colorful feathers or for hog feed and fertilizer to be a few cents cheaper? The racialist in me recoils from such a prospect. If the state happens to be against that sort of thing, then I am for the state, at least on this one issue.