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Business-Managed Democracy

“Business-managed democracies are those in which the political and cultural arrangements are managed in the interests of business”

Sharon Beder

Business-Managed Environment

Wise Use Groups

The term “wise use” used by two main types of groups:

  1. those who advocate opening up of public lands for logging, mining and cattle as well as off-road vehicles and motorcycles and
  2. those who lobby against any restriction of use of private lands—property rights advocates.

Wayne HageWise use groups in the west of the USA are dominated by “western ranchers, corporate farmers, and business people whose margin of profit is directly threatened by any fee increases on grazing, water reclamation, and other uses of public lands.” One of their heroes, Wayne Hage (pictured), has published a book Storm Over Rangelands, which argues for private-property rights on federal grazing allotments. Environmentalists counter that grazing rights on public lands, for example, affect only one in fifty livestock operators, most of whom are big businesses.

Meanwhile Wise Use groups in the east have also taken up the theme of private property rights and their protection. They argue that environmental regulations impede their ability to develop their land in the way they want. By taking up this issue the Wise Use Movement has been able to expand into the Eastern states.

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