Conservation And The Gospel Of Efficiency: The Progressive Conservation Movement, 1890–1920

Conservation And The Gospel Of Efficiency The Progressive Conservation Movement The relevance and importance of Samuel P Hay s book Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency has only increased over time Written almost half a century ago it offers an invaluable history of the c

  • Title: Conservation And The Gospel Of Efficiency: The Progressive Conservation Movement, 1890–1920
  • Author: Samuel P. Hays
  • ISBN: 9780822957027
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • The relevance and importance of Samuel P Hay s book, Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency, has only increased over time Written almost half a century ago, it offers an invaluable history of the conservation movement s origins, and provides an excellent context for understanding contemporary enviromental problems and possible solutions Against a background of riversThe relevance and importance of Samuel P Hay s book, Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency, has only increased over time Written almost half a century ago, it offers an invaluable history of the conservation movement s origins, and provides an excellent context for understanding contemporary enviromental problems and possible solutions Against a background of rivers, forests, ranges, and public lands, this book defines two conflicting political processes the demand for an integrated, controlled development guided by an elite group of scientists and technicians and the demand for a looser system allowing grassroots impulses to have a voice through elected government representatives.

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    1. Although it was published back in 1959 and most of its arguments have since become the conventional wisdom on the subject, this is still the best book out there on early federal environmental policy.Hays's main argument is that although federal officials portrayed themselves, in classic Progressive fashion, as protecting "the people" against the "interests," many of these early "conservationists" were allied with railroads and other companies and were vigorously opposed to "preservationists" who [...]

    2. Hayes is writing to a group of people gathered around an article of faith, which is the merit of efficiency. He argues that trained experts can and should explain efficiently and implement policies through enlightened management.The book reminds me of discussions at Messiah College about the role of Federalism and the view of the individual. Specifically, the ways in which our founding fathers intentionally made sure that politicians were able to make decisions independent of the people. Even no [...]

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