NANO: What cultural frames & dispositions shape what types of land use are considered desirable, possible, or morally good? What data, forms of analysis, and modes of expression are persuasive & consequential regarding land use decisions (and to whom)?


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May 22, 2019

Capitalism. All of the practices on this land since settlers arrived have been driven by capital and extraction, perhaps a sense of pioneering and conquering...but what are the underlying motivations of Westward expansion? -accumulation of territory for capital, extraction, and political power. Also important to think about motivation of the government figures encouraging expansion as opposed to those who are actually engaged in it. Maybe settlers are analogous to foot soldiers. settler:expansion::foot soldier:war.