23 Feb '12, 2pm

I Am An Environmentalist. Yes, I DO Want to Restrict Your "Freedom"

I Am An Environmentalist. Yes, I DO Want to Restrict Your "Freedom"

Let's get one thing out of the way—I am an environmentalist, and I do not believe in personal freedom as an absolute. I can already hear the cries of "I told you so!" coming from the radical anti-sustainability fringe, "these guys really are a UN-run conspiracy to turn us all into fruitarian vegans living in tiny houses/strawbale prisons." But first let me explain. It's not that I don't believe that freedom is a crucial part of any democracy. It's just that protecting that freedom is a complex, delicate balancing act that involves understanding what is really meant by "freedom" in the first place. Your Freedoms Impact Mine When Agenda 21 conspiracy theorists decry "smart growth" as an attack on personal freedom, they ignore the fact that my freedoms are restricted every single day by policies designed to promote car- and oil-centric development. When free market neoliberal...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/i-am-envir...

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