Wednesday, May 25, 2005


There is an interesting post over at Left2Right discussing freedom. Here is a brief quote

Here are two examples of how people can exercise cherished freedoms: One, you buy some land in the country — 20 acres, say — and because you don't like snow-mobilers or hunters or hikers or just 'coz, you put up a chain link fence around it and lots of "No trespassing" signs. Two, you love the outdoors and rejoice in the fact that wherever you go, you'll be able to head into the woods without having to worry about fences or "No trespassing" signs, knowing that pretty much everywhere you can pick berries, collect mushrooms or wildflowers, swim in lakes and even camp a night or two.


At 5/26/2005 08:22:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay... I'll bite.

It should be up to the individual owner as what he would like to do with the land. If he doesn't want snow-mobilers or hunters, then he's within his rights to put up "no trespassing" signs and should be free to shoot at those that ignore the signs on a frequent basis. If there is some liberal land owner that wants to open his land to anybody (which will probably lead to some hippy colony), then I suppose he can do what he wants on his land. But when it gets to the point that it interfers with the enjoyment of neighbouring lands, we have a problem. That's when you have to real in the hippys.

My philosophy is that you're either Right, or you're wrong. :-)

Posted by Dave Stephens

At 5/26/2005 09:17:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the approach they have over in Scotland . The "right of navigation", to me seems like a good idea. When you have such crowded areas and lots of people wanting access, it seems natural that land owners would close things off to protect their privacy. Yet, in the long run this just seems like it encourages that small acreage protectionism that seems problematic. I can certainly see no access say within a few hundred meters of a house, but I am not so sure if the same should apply to someone with 3000 acres. Of course the situation here may be different due to the large amount of crown land. This means large areas are free for navigation.

Personally I find extreme protectionism distasteful. 

Posted by chris goble


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