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Loving Nature, Fearing the State

Environmentalism and Antigovernment Politics before Reagan

by Brian Allen Drake

Publication Year: 2013

Published by: University of Washington Press


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-7


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pp. 8-9

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pp. ix-xi

...like most activities in life, Writing a Book is never a solitary endeavor, even if it feels that way. No one thinks or creates in isolation, and scholarly work is always something of a group project. It gives me immense pleasure to be able to express my gratitude to all the people who assisted me in ways large and small during the time it took to produce Loving Nature, ...

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pp. xii-2

...tomed to elections and policy debates in which the two major parties align themselves pretty predictably on environmental issues. Ask either a Demo-crat or a Republican what they expect a dyed-in-the-wool environmentalist to do at the ballot box, and both will almost certainly answer that such a person would vote Democratic much more often than not. Democrats, after ...

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Introduction: Nature's Strange Bedfellows

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pp. 3-18

...but his enthusiasm began to wane when it came to people. The Bard of Con-cord?s place in the front rank of American environmental writers comes mainly from his reputation as a lover of the nonhuman world. We think of him as the champion of wildness in the ?Walking? essay, the chronicler of natural life around Walden Pond, the man who found the sublime atop ...

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Chapter 1. Arizona Portraits: The Natural World of Barry Goldwater, Part I

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pp. 19-51

I like to think that all human effort takes place within the context Goldwater was the personification of everything they held dear: a crusader against big government, an unblinking foe of the global Communist peril, a defender of states? rights, free enterprise, right-to-work laws, and old-fash-ioned individual initiative. He was a man?s man to boot, with rugged good ...

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Chapter 2. Precious Bodily Fluids: Fluoridation, Environmentalism, and Antistatism

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pp. 52-79

Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily or wilderness preservationists, and was anointed the Great Conservative Hope, Rachel Carson was crafting a book that would change the world. Under the Sea-Wind, The Sea around Us, and The Edge of the Sea had established Carson as a first-rate naturalist and popular writer in the 1940s and 1950s, but Silent ...

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Chapter 3. The Environmental Conscience of a Conservative: The Natural World of Barry Goldwater, Part II

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pp. 80-113

It is my belief that when pollution is found, it should be halted at the source, even if this requires stringent government action Regulations . . . have added hundreds of billions of dollars to the in autumn 1970, Back in Washington, D.c., after reclaiming his sen-ate seat two years earlier, Barry Goldwater published the sequel to his ideo-...

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Chapter 4. Tending Nature with the Invisible Hand: The Free-Market Environmentalists

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pp. 114-138

...the regulatory fist of command and control and replace it with statist-friendly environmental philosophy. Stewart Brand was a counter-culture wunderkind with graduate training in ecology, a strong libertarian streak, and a penchant for grand visions, and his environmentalism was decidedly different from the old-school agenda of conservation and pres-...

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Chapter 5. Like a Scarlet Thread: Into the Political Wilderness with Edward Abbey

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pp. 139-178

...coffin. . . . Wrap my body in my anarch?s flag. But bury me if possible; I want my body to help fertilize the growth of a cactus, or cliffrose, or sagebrush, or tree, etc. Disregard all state laws called Looking Backward, 2000?1887. Its protagonist, Julian West, was a con-servative middle-class Bostonian who had fallen asleep in his basement ...

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Epilogue: The Fading Green Elephant; Or, The Decline of Antistatist Environmentalism

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pp. 179-184

This is all an attempt to centralize power and to give more power of talking about the environment. On July 12, for example, he arrived in Bowling Green, Kentucky, after a visit to Mammoth Cave National Park to speak to the National Campers and Hikers Association. Following routine greetings and a lighthearted comment or two, he launched into a history of ...


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pp. 185-217

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 218-233


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pp. 234-245

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Further Reading

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pp. 263-265

Forest Dreams, Forest Nightmares: The Paradox of Old Growth in the Inland Landscapes of Promise: The Oregon Story, 1800?1940 by William G. RobbinsThe Dawn of Conservation Diplomacy: U.S.-Canadian Wildlife Protection Irrigated Eden: The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West Making Salmon: An Environmental History of the Northwest Fisheries Crisis ...

E-ISBN-13: 9780295804859
E-ISBN-10: 0295804858
Print-ISBN-13: 9780295992990

Publication Year: 2013

OCLC Number: 863157655
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  • Ideology -- United States.
  • Right and left (Political science).
  • Radicalism -- United States.
  • Environmental policy -- United States -- History.
  • Environmentalism -- Political aspects -- United States.
  • Environmentalism -- United States -- History.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
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