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The Real-World Conflicts in Yellowstone Can Be Solved by Markets, Not Drama

Shawn Regan and Tate Watkins write in Reason on the important lessons from Yellowstone.

The C3 Take
  • One of the biggest issues that rural America deal with, and Yellowstone highlights, are property rights and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
  • While well-intentioned, the ESA often hamstrings conservation efforts from private property owners by protecting species who are no longer endangered.
  • Issues with the ESA can be solved through market-driven approaches such as stronger protections for property rights and increased conservation programs.

“Even as it exaggerates conflict on the screen, Yellowstone frequently alludes to the underlying institutions that are supposed to help settle conflicts over water, land, and other resources. While the show often chooses violence, we shouldn’t have to in the real world.”

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