In Law We Trust

OrionOrion MagazineMark Dowie – In Law We Trust: Can environmental legislation still protect the commons?

An interesting essay. The concept of “the public trust”, and especially preserving public natural resources, has been under assault up here in Ontario as well as in the US. Our beloved Mike Harris has turned Ontario into a profitable toxic waste dump for American business; He’s been busy selling off all sorts of public assets to private interests; and so on.

Where does one draw the line between the legitimate exercise of a free market, and the State’s sovereign duty to protect public assets from abuse? It’s a hard question, but I’m positive the Ontario Conservatives have the wrong answer :-)

[ via Philip Greenspun; see also his entry Why the stock market keeps going up. ]

posted at 10:34 am on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 in Politics | Comments (2)


  1. Harald says:

    Interesting; Movabletype doesn’t email me when someone uses trackback, the way it does when someone adds a comment…

  2. ReidNews says:

    Trackback testing
    I just wanted to try out Movable Type’s “trackback” feature. So I’m writing this and putting a trackback URL from Harald’s blog in the “URLs to Ping” section of the entry form for MT….

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