The Politics of Homeland Health

Eric T. Freyfogle

in Agrarianism and the Good Society

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124391
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134888 | DOI:
The Politics of Homeland Health

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This chapter underlines the urgent need to bring back the issue of land conservation to the forefront of political discussions in the US. While some of the blame for the lack of interest goes to a well-funded environmental opposition, the country's environmental movement also has been fragmented, incoherent, and largely unable to defend itself against opposing claims. Instead of squabbling over science and burdens of proof, the cause needs to refocus its message on ensuring the health of the land community as a whole, protecting life and creation, and investing in America's future in ways that yield big dividends. Consistently and firmly used, the message could help the environmental effort gain moral ground. So too would other rhetorical tools that link environmentalism to living responsibly.

Keywords: land conservation; good land use; environmental protection; responsible living; morality; politics

Chapter.  4439 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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