Environmentalism and Economic Freedom: The Case for Private Property Rights

@article{Block2011EnvironmentalismAE,
  title={Environmentalism and Economic Freedom: The Case for Private Property Rights},
  author={Walter E. Block},
  journal={Journal of Business Ethics},
  year={2011},
  volume={17},
  pages={1887-1899}
}
  • W. Block
  • Published 21 July 2011
  • Economics
  • Journal of Business Ethics
This paper shall attempt to reconcile environmentalism and economic freedom.Before making this seemingly quixotic endeavor, we must be sure we are clear on both concepts. Environmentalism may be non controversially defined as a philosophy which sees great benefit in clean air and water, and to a lowered rate of species extinction. Environmentalists are particularly concerned with the survival and enhancement of endangered species such as trees, elephants, rhinos and whales, and with noise and… 

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