“Libertarian Park” is a long-read article of mine that was published late last year in the literary journal Confrontation. It’s a Pittsburgh story with broader implications, I think; presented here in 2 parts. Chalfant Run seeps to the forest floor in a tangle of underbrush between blocks of planned housing in east Pittsburgh. […]Read more "Libertarian Park Part 1"
I write a lot on The Dying Fish blog about minimizing government’s role in conservation, rather than thinking of the EPA and state agencies as the only bulwarks against environmental ruin. I also write a good bit about the danger of coming to think of public lands (state game lands, state parks, national forests, etc.) […]Read more "Stewardship"
Many of us were suspicious of global warming theory from the time we became aware of it, likely around 1990 for most of us. People on the political left would suggest that our misapprehensions were due to our blind faith in America and the free market, or just our fear of strange new theories. On […]Read more "It’s not About the Environment After All"
I’ve been preoccupied with politics a lot since the beginning of the year, maybe too much. It seems like everyone is. The tone has grown shrill but the words ever more ineffectual. Late last year I found myself thinking about the often ineffective semblance of dialogue we carry on, talking past each other […]Read more "Our Moment On the Earth"
It’s about time I go back to basics, here at the close of 2018, and explain what the site’s really all about, what the commonality is between all my musings on amphibians, trails, fish and outdoors people, all of which are encountered here. And first: as to the site’s name: “The Dying Fish” […]Read more "Of Ecology and Liberty"
I went to the source of the Allegheny River several days ago, just to make sure it still flows from the same place. And I got to thinking about where I was in life the last time I was there, about 9 years ago, during a long walk in the woods. I was on […]Read more "Progress"
Here, I continue to make my case for the superiority of capitalism over socialism, in the realm of the environment and beyond… Suppose one farmer Wilson digs and then dams a tiny brook on his property to create a pond. Some decry his environmental insensitivity – he’s sinned against Gaia and will create […]Read more "Capitalism as Sustainability 2"
Let’s start easy on this one. I provide food, a living place and clothing for myself by caring for the needs of an elderly group of Pittsburgh’s citizens and the building they live in. The residents don’t give to my charity and I don’t threaten them at gunpoint to give me their money, yet […]Read more "Capitalism As Sustainability Part 1"
I love to watch the season change late every year and there’s nowhere better to watch this than the state of New York. It’s overlooked as an outdoorsman’s paradise, I think. I’ve lived all over the east and I believe this to be true. If there were no further considerations than outdoors possibilities, I would […]Read more "I Love NY"
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is one of the world’s two major organizations scrutinizing the issue of global warming and working toward advocacy and regulatory objectives. The other is the Non-governmental Panel on Climate Change, a research and advocacy consortium who promote an opposing position to that of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on […]Read more "Global Warming – A More Complete Briefing"