(I understand this is quite a long article, so please skip to the Conclusion around pg.46 of the pdf.)
This article expresses that environmental concerns regarding public lands are a new issue that have become more transparent in the past 20 years. A reoccurring theme throughout the article is that far too many people rely on privatizing these lands and exploiting them for their natural resources. To recognize this exploitation, the review quotes, “Now that many of the underlying legal theories upon which the Wise-Use movement has sought to advance its claims have met with defeat in the courts, perhaps it is time for local governments to sit down with federal regulators to fashion workable solutions to satisfy the needs of local communities as well as to protect the public lands from environmental degradation” (Perry 319). Neoliberalism is also a recently developed ideology, and it relates to public lands because there is constant controversy on how involved the government should be with their public agencies.
I would like to know everyone’s thoughts on this “free market capitalism” idea of neoliberalism, and if it is worth pursuing at the cost preserving public lands.