The Environment


The modern consensus on the environment is that public policy should not favor human life over non-human life. This extreme view stands in opposition to the Founders’ view, which was centered on the protection of the natural human rights to life, liberty, and property. It also stands partly in opposition to the Progressive view, which holds that—while non-human life is important and worth protecting, in the form of national parks for example—the ultimate purpose of the environmental bureaucracy must be to protect human life.


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John W. Grant is associate professor of politics at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Eureka College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Dallas.