Acton Institute Powerblog

French-language readers of transatlantic learn of free-market environmentalism

The Acton Institute continues our outreach to the Francophone world with a new translation of one of our articles on the pivotal issue of environmental stewardship. The latest offering illustrates how the free market cares for creation better than government intervention.

Our friend Benoît H. Perringraciously translated Joseph Sunde’s article “Free market environmentalism: Conserving and collaborating with nature”; the resultant “Une écologie de marché pour collaborer avec la nature” may be read at Acton’s Religion & Liberty Transatlantic website.

Sunde notes the reality of private vs. common property: When things are held in common, no one person feels responsible for maintaining or improving it. Each individual improves things he owns.

Sunde adds that this not only improves natural resources but causes us to develop our personalities by exercising responsibility. He writes:

Lorsqu’on nous donne la propriété réelle de ressources précieuses, nous empruntons une voie de formation unique en tant que créateurs, innovateurs, entrepreneurs et travailleurs. Nous ne prendrons pas toujours les bonnes décisions, et nous échouerons souvent, mais quand on nous donne la liberté dans le processus de collaboration et de conservation, nous commençons à réaliser une partie de notre vocation fondamentale en tant qu’êtres humains forgés à l’image d’un Dieu Créateur.

Read the full translation here.

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Rev. Ben Johnson

Rev. Ben Johnson (@therightswriter) is an Eastern Orthodox priest and served as Executive Editor of the Acton Institute (2016-2021), editing Religion & Liberty, the Powerblog, and its transatlantic website. He has extensively researched the Alt-Right. Previously, he worked for LifeSiteNews and FrontPageMag.com, where he wrote three books including Party of Defeat (with David Horowitz, 2008). His work has appeared at DailyWire.com, National Review, The American Spectator, The Guardian, Daily Caller, National Catholic Register, Spectator USA, FEE Online, RealClear Policy, The Blaze, The Stream, American Greatness, Aleteia, Providence Magazine, Charisma, Jewish World Review, Human Events, Intellectual Takeout, CatholicVote.org, Issues & Insights, The Conservative, Rare.us, and The American Orthodox Institute. His personal websites are therightswriter.com and RevBenJohnson.com. His views are his own.