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The Next West : Public Lands, Community, and Economy in the American West - John Baden

The Next West

Public Lands, Community, and Economy in the American West

By: John Baden (Editor), Donald Snow (Editor), Thomas Michael Power (Contribution by), Rocky Barker (Contribution by), Robert H. Nelson (Contribution by)

Paperback Published: 1st July 1997
ISBN: 9781559634601
Number Of Pages: 284

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In The Next West, nearly a dozen leading thinkers and writers including Karl Hess Jr., Mark Sagoff, Ed Marston, Thomas Michael Power, and Stephen Bodio, offer an insightful vision of the future of the American West. Their essays comprise a cogent matrix of reflections on what has gone wrong in the region, and, as Donald Snow explains in his lively introduction, point the way not to a "New West" of cappuccino cowboys, fiber optics, and some ambient, simpering sense of "the public's willingness to embrace environmental issues", but to a Next West based on the renewal of Jeffersonian democracy, experiments in local and supra-local control of public lands, and the use of markets to replace the political allocation of natural resources.The first half of the book presents an enlightening view of what it is to live in the West and practice environmental awareness. From the Sangre de Cristo Range, to the forests of the Pacific Northwest, to a single valley in Wyoming, the contributors describe their experiences with environmental endeavors ranging from the birth of the recycling industry on the streets of Seattle to the leasing of federal coal. In the second half of the book, contributors address the mythologies that have set the tone for life in the West for more than a century, challenging "the demons that command center stage in the politics and economy of the region." They dissect and debunk much of the West's gospel: that environmentally damaging extractive industries are essential for economic survival; that conservation is best handled by the government; that some day soon a great leader will arrive to once and for all solve their most pressing problems.The Next West is a spirited and compelling work that presents a fresh and thought-provoking approach to Western issues. It is essential reading for anyone who lives in or cares about the vast and complex region known as the West.

Introductionp. 1
Struck with Consequencep. 15
New Forestry in the Next Westp. 25
The Bizarre and Unsettling Saga of Whitney Benefits: A Federal Parablep. 45
Closing the Loopp. 61
Blood and Cottonp. 81
The True-Mann's West: Endangered and Forsaken?p. 107
Saving the Marketplace from the Market: One View of the New Resource Economicsp. 131
John Wesley Powell and the Unmaking of the Westp. 151
Empire or Homelands? A Revival of Jeffersonian Democracy in the American Westp. 181
Is "Libertarian Environmentalist" an Oxymoron? The Crisis of Progressive Faith and the Environmental and Libertarian Search for a New Guiding Visionp. 205
Ideology, Wishful Thinking, and Pragmatic Reform: A Constructive Critique of Free-Market Environmentalismp. 233
About the Contributorsp. 255
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9781559634601
ISBN-10: 155963460X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: ISLAND PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39