Southern values: conservation vs property rights

Should “development” crowd close to streams in Lexington County, South Carolina? Building contractors are pushing to change a law which requires there to be a 100 feet buffer. Environmentalists say this buffer is needed to protect from erosion and pollution. A similar buffer exists in other parts of the State and exemptions are granted when it is impossible to build elsewhere.

How does the Southern nationalist community come down on issues like this? It pits one set of our values (respect for private property rights) with another (belief in conserving our land and natural resources). Unlike Republicans, we are generally unsympathetic to the demands of “developers,” who typically use Mexican labor to build homes for Northern retirees or facilities for non-Southern businesses, eating up the Southern countryside with endless American sprawl.

If these problems (Third World immigration, mass non-Southern migration and inflation-driven construction boom/bust cycles) were solved we would have significantly fewer people (especially non-Southerners) here using our resources. We would then likely find ourselves far more sympathetic to the concerns of builders and property owners.

We can say a few things about how the question is approached though. We favor local autonomy over consolidation and therefore believe the matter should be decided locally, not by distant regulators. We believe in the sovereign ownership of the South by the Southern people and therefore believe only Southerners should decide on the matter – not outside business concerns or non-Southern clients or customers. And we believe the South should be conserved for future generations of our people. Within that framework the pro-Southern community can examine Lexington County’s buffer debate.

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  1. Sir, even before I was a Southern reactionary (made so by the last two administrations) I was a Southern Conservationist. If you screw up the land, what do you have? Not much, by my reckoning, which is why we are fighting so hard for our heritage – we don’t want to be pusht off our land – either physically, and or culturally!

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