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... is scheduled as the guest speaker for the 207th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene on September 19, 2011.



     Karl Hess IV on "Wither Conservation in the 21st Century: More Government or More Liberty?"


The State's role in our personal, community, and business affairs has increased over the 20th century. It continues to do so in this 21st century.

The War on Terror, the Great Recession, and new social programs suggest an unprecedented role for the State in our everyday lives. Conservation challenges these developments in unanticipated ways, and for ultimately libertarian reasons.

Born of aggressive federal and state action in the early 20th century (e.g., the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and the various state fish and wildlife agencies), the State has dominated conservation activities.

The world changed in 1970. Although the first Earth Day called for more aggressive State involvement, over the past forty years conservation has evolved into a movement increasingly characterized by volunteerism, cooperation, network governance, and entrepreneurship.

Alexis de Tocqueville once declared New England town meetings to be the local laboratories of liberty and democracy. Conservation is becoming the 21st century equivalent, as people exercise control over their lives, communities, and properties.

Conservation carries the Founders' vision of a nation of equal and freely interacting individuals and communities.

Karl will also share reminiscences of his father.


     About Karl Hess IV

Karl Hess IV is a noted ecologist and champion of appropriate technology. He and his family reside in Virginia after many years in Las Cruces, New Mexico.