Born Free

Who in my generation can forget the appeal of the movie “Born Free”?  It captured the ideal of a life, for animals and humans alike, defined by both individual freedom and harmony with nature.

Similar ideals came to us through children’s books and movies like Bambi and Charlotte’s Web.  I remember Charlotte’s Web was the first book I ever read that had more words than pictures.  Then I loved the movie Bambi so much I insisted on getting the book from the library and, despite barely understanding half the words and not being very deft yet at using a dictionary, I fought my way through every single page, guessing the meaning of every word I did not know.

Forty years later I find myself still struggling to understand half the terms of engagement between our natural rights and our place in nature, and I am still guessing at their meaning.

One area that has had me scratching my head for decades has been the field of economics.  I studied and thought I understood “mainstream” economics in my high school and undergraduate years.  My exposure to Marxism, world systems theory, feminist anthropology in Third World development and ecofeminism in graduate school advanced my understanding of economics tremendously.  More recently, my introduction to Austrian economics through my avid appreciation of and support for the Ron Paul for President campaign has advanced my understanding of economics even farther.

If you share either my concern or my perplexity, I invite you to join me in this blog, in which we will explore and develop ways of thinking, living and legislating that refuse to compromise on our fidelity either to the social practice of individual liberty as defined in the Declaration of Independence and in the U.S. Constitution, or to the ideals of conservation of nature’s ecological integrity as most definitively set forth in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.