By Robert B. Keiter, University of Utah. Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment
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Watching now the minute partisan calculations of how every move on every issue can give one party some advantage over the other, noticing the lack of any ability to deal honestly and straightforwardly with the problems we encounter, we have to ask ourselves whether we have let our attachment to established forms blind us to how dysfunctional they have become. And that was the Jeffersonian fear: that the Constitution would overshadow the democratic core of the Declaration of Independence. He foresaw that Americans would want to make a religion of the Constitution; that they would come to treat as sacrosanct what was all too obviously the work of human hands, thereby denying themselves the fundamental democratic ability to ask whether the forms they had inherited any longer served them.
Everyone who gave the wolves even a passing thought, from whatever pro, con, or merely curious angle they encountered them, must know that the moment the wolves darted from their cages, they began sniffing their way along ancient, well-marked pathways in our own minds. All the rekindled folklore of the Big Bad Wolf, of Little Red Riding Hood and poor, ingested Granny drew us back, and still farther back, through the story of Romulus and Remus, back into our own species' being and our own species' hard-earned inhabiting of ancient landscapes.
P. cm. "The outgrowth of two symposiums sponsored by the University of Utah College of Law's Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment"Ack. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 0-87480-558-9 (alk. paper) 1. )-Environmental conditions. 2. ) I. , 1946- II. University of Utah. Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment. 7'15'0978dc21 97-49564 Page v For Murray, Barbara, Yancey, and Cindy Page vi CONTENTS Foreword Page Stegner ix Acknowledgments xiii Introduction xv Part I The Nascent West: Toward a Western Ethic Chapter 1 A Democracy to Match Its Landscape Daniel Kemmis 2 Chapter 2 An Ethic of Place Thomas J.