Montana Greens to Loggers: Come Back!

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 15 Jul 2008 08:35:17 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Vin Suprynowicz at - Environazis in Missoula County, Montana, have all but shut down logging by the Plum Creek Timber Company on their 8 million acres of mostly forested land. So what's a company to do with land they're no longer allowed to log? Sell it to developers, of course. Turns out, the watermelons are discovering that logging is more in-line with their humans-are-evil philosophy than fancy houses. [lew]

Critics including some local officials were "stunned and outraged" at a deal "struck behind closed doors," The Post reports. Although Plum Creek has sold off only 3,000 acres in the past five years and plans to sell less than that in the next five, the local Jacobins have dubbed the planned homes "McMansions," pointing out most new houses in the area are now second, third, or even fourth homes for wealthy newcomers who have transformed the local economy -- the Post breathlessly reporting 40 percent of the income in Missoula County is now "unearned," a term apparently favored by the anti-capitalists to describe investment returns.

(For the record, I can think of only three kinds of income that are "unearned": money you find on the sidewalk, money that's been stolen, and redistributed tax money. OK, that's only two kinds.)

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