Bonus Good Works
This is the early season for wildlife management. We are planting crops to entice wild creatures to visit the farms we hunt. We attempt to decide if deer will prefer clover or alfalfa this year. Will the doves flock to sunflowers or foxtail? We put in hours and hours of labor to create the perfect habitat for animals. Of course, our motivations are somewhat selfish. Hunters want to pursue those animals. We want to stack the deck in our favor.
No matter the motivations though, far more animals benefit from wildlife management than then relatively few we kill. In short, if you consider the killing of those animals to be bad, then wildlife management is still a net good. This makes me wonder about public policy. Can a similar logic be applied to other issues? I can think of several where we believe this is so. My question for today is…where do you believe the ‘net good’ logic is most appropriate in government? And if you believe in that logic, is this one of the key components of progressive policy?