Higher use: simply a rephrasing of the classical definition of economics: the allocation of scarce resources which have alternative uses. Land is the ultimate scarce resource; when you’ve run out, you can’t make more, unless you steal somebody else’s. When it’s REALLY ALL gone, you’re screwed. But, based on circumstances, it can always be re-allocated, see Detroit urban reclamation, houses bulldozed, land going ‘back to nature’ (as if it ever left, what, isn’t Man part of Nature? What are we, potted plants? Heh).
As an aside, the folks locally in Peoria are all excited over a multi-year project to create an island in the Illinois River for recreational purposes, using goop from navigational channel dredging (yuck, stinky stuff). They don’t seem to realize they’re not creating anything, just moving mud from one place to another, but again, a higher use. The recreational island is a higher use for the goop than merely being a bed for catfish, or simply squirting the stuff onto the existing shoreline.
The key to success for this higher-use economic principle is it’s very conservative sub-category of conservationism, not to be confused with the false religion cult of environmentalism. It is conservation to replant trees after harvesting a forest for lumber, to continually restock a lake being fished, etc. It makes no economic sense to NOT harvest the lumber or take the fish, which is what Gore Inc would have us doing, under the color of ‘law’.
So, our sense of ‘cleaning up Dodge’ is to eliminate the Red Guard from our environment, not the environmentalist credo of lowering the parts per million of pollutants, or ever increasing the MPG CAFE demand, which must always run headlong into that other economic law, that of diminishing returns. If our air or water is safe for human consumption at 1000 parts per million of something or other, it doesn’t follow that we’re SAFER at 100 PPM, and safer still at 10 PPM; following that line, we’d become immortal at zero PPM, no matter the cost to achieve it. Yet this is the thinking and demand of the Guard, 56 MPG good for Mother Gaia and who cares about the survivability of people during a crash, with crashes being inevitable. (Please see Dr. Thomas Sowell who says to always ask ‘compared to what’ and ‘at what cost’)
Our primary problem today is that too many of us, and especially our ‘yout’ have either forgotten or never knew about Dr. Maslow and his pyramid of needs, neatly summed up by the old slogan of the American Lung Association: “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters”. When the economy inflates to the point you cannot afford food, no one will bemoan the price of an IPad, or how dirty the air is, or the plight of the undereducated Digital Divide folks.
Right now I kind of assume the attitude of the Enemy© in that we need to eliminate the Root Cause of our difficulties, which is, ironically enough, the philosophy, methods and tactics of that Enemy©, the liberal Dems & their willing accomplices in media, entertainment & education. Do all things necessary to remove them & their influence, and our good ship USS America will ever so quickly turn in the ‘right’ direction.