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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Should We Privatize National Parks?
    No, but there are some areas that are so vast and largely inaccessible to the general population at large that I don't see the harm in taking a more liberal attitude to issuing concessions for natural resource exploitation.

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    If we did so, the contract or whatever would HAVE to be very carefully written, so as to maintain things in current or better state.

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    I do know that I am opposed to privatization on some things, such as prisons, police forces, and military forces (although I'm OK with contracting out some of these things, which I admit is slightly contradictory, but case-by-case basis and all that.).
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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Should We Privatize National Parks?


    No. I've done the math, and it doesn't work. Parks, forests and wilderness areas could not turn a significant profit without cost of entry becoming prohibitive for the average person; developing the land would always be tempting as it would be vastly more profitable.

    Public parks/forests/etc are among the few things better handled by gov than by the free market.

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Should We Privatize National Parks?
    I doubt our National Parks would last a few months under corporate control. I say no, though perhaps some reforms can be negotiated.

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Should We Privatize National Parks?
    absolutely not.

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Should We Privatize National Parks?
    I voted other. I'd be open to the idea. I haven't really looked at the issue in depth enough to make a hard line decision of yes or no. A lot of the services national parks offer (i.e. lodging, restaurants, etc.) are often already privately owned, so I would think, at least in theory, as long as the land was still required to be preserved and protected, that private ownership wouldn't be a bad thing. What is your opinion, good sir?
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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    No. I've done the math, and it doesn't work. Parks, forests and wilderness areas could not turn a significant profit without cost of entry becoming prohibitive for the average person; developing the land would always be tempting as it would be vastly more profitable.

    Public parks/forests/etc are among the few things better handled by gov than by the free market.
    Ah, a hole has been shot in uninformed logic already. I had not considered that it may not be profitable. My love of parks and the outdoors blinds me again, haha.
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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    The sustainability of National Parks is a matter of national security.

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    No, but there are some areas that are so vast and largely inaccessible to the general population at large that I don't see the harm in taking a more liberal attitude to issuing concessions for natural resource exploitation.
    Oh, so you're in favor of James Watt crossings?

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