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Beyond the frontier myths


The difficulties involved in reforming natural resources policy are explained through an examination of the cultural mindset of westerners and their political stance toward the federal government. Westerners want government subsidization at the same time that they resent government interference; they have accepted federal subsidization, which is interpreted as an example of American socialism, while maintaing conservative political rhetoric. Examples are drawn from federal water policy to illustrate this schizophrenia. The West must confront difficult economic transitions and move beyond its frontier mentality.

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