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To: NYer
From my first book, published in 2001Natural Process: That Environmental Laws May Serve the Laws of Nature:
Finally, the projection of persona, spirit, or rights upon anything other than citizens is little more than a twisted democratic power play. It is a claim of an exclusive franchise to represent an artificial constituency. Maybe those plants do need protection; but who gets to decide by what means, and to what end?

A biocentric perspective projects the spirituality of being into everything. To a deep ecologist, a rock would have a rock’s spirit, a rock’s consciousness, and thus deserves civil rights equivalent to human beings, which they alone purport to represent.

This is a debilitating thing to do to one’s own mind, much less to a republic. To claim to represent the rights of rocks is to project a subjective human impression of a rock’s preferences onto rocks. What if they were wrong? Perhaps the rocks might feel more appreciated by a mineral geologist who would want to make aluminum cans out of them? Did anybody ask the rocks? You guess.

When activists of any stripe demand rights for animals, rocks, or plants, what they are really doing is demanding disproportionate representation of their interests as self-appointed advocates. Unfortunately, to enforce a right requires the police power of government, because it is assumed to be a disinterested arbiter of competing claims. History suggests the opposite, which is why limiting the number of enforceable rights is as important to securing liberty as constituting them as such.

When government gains the power to confer rights to any constituency, it acquires the means to confer power upon itself as an enforcing agent. There is then no limit to the power to dilute the rights of citizens. Agency respect for those rights then exists not at all.


15 posted on 09/12/2013 2:19:58 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: convert, submit, or die.)
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To: Carry_Okie

“To claim to represent the rights of rocks is to project a subjective human impression of a rock’s preferences onto rocks.”

Too kind, too understanding IMHO.

Usually what the wannabe “constituency representative” is actually doing is the age old ‘shuck & jive’ whereby virtue words of that day are used to cover plain old theft.

I happen to like using turquoise in silver jewelry, and was able to observe SW Indian jewelers like Fred Kabote. From them, I learned “The Soul of the Stone” and am therefore best qualified to represent turquoise.

Based upon that, I must protect all turquoise and make sure no turquoise is hurt by nasty, selfish miners who are deaf to the suffering their cruel mining inflicts upon the soul of the turquoise.

Therefore, my fellow commies - oops, make that environmentally aware/concerned Americans, call upon your CongressPersons to enact laws creating the Department of Turquoise Protection.

Oh, don’t forget to have ME appointed Turquoise Czar for Life.


55 posted on 09/12/2013 3:53:16 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: Carry_Okie
When activists of any stripe demand rights for animals, rocks, or plants, what they are really doing is demanding disproportionate representation of their interests as self-appointed advocates. Unfortunately, to enforce a right requires the police power of government, because it is assumed to be a disinterested arbiter of competing claims. History suggests the opposite, which is why limiting the number of enforceable rights is as important to securing liberty as constituting them as such.

Well stated!

69 posted on 09/13/2013 2:44:28 AM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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