Economics and environmentalism are secular religions competing for influence in the public square. Greater recognition of the underlying religious character of these belief systems might help in crafting policy proposals with a greater chance of acceptance by each side.

Robert H. Nelson (1944–2018) was a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute.
Economic History and DevelopmentEconomistsEconomyEnergy and the EnvironmentEnvironmental Law and RegulationPhilosophy and ReligionPublic ChoiceSocialism, Communism, and Collectivism
Other Independent Review articles by Robert H. Nelson
Spring 2013 Gus diZerega Responds to Robert Nelson and Nelson Replies
Spring 2010 Ecological Science as a Creation Story
Winter 2008/09 The Puzzle of Local Double Taxation: Why Do Private Community Associations Exist?
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