Criminalizing Prosperity

Wesley Smithtothesource

Remember those admiring old movies from the 1940s, like Boomtown, in which oil wildcatters Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy hit a black gold geyser and struck it rich? The assumptions behind such films were that wildcatters were splendid examples of the American Dream in action and that extracting oil from the earth benefited society tremendously by fueling industry, transportation, and promoting general wealth and prosperity.

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