Privatization of America's Public Lands

Perhaps nothing can introduce this subject quite as well as the following poem from Australian poet and cartoonist, Michael Leunig.


The People's Treasure
by Michael Leunig

They're privatising things we own together. They're flogging off the people's common ground.

And though we're still connected by the weather They say that sharing things is now unsound.


They're lonelifying all the public spaces. They're rationalising swags and billabongs.

They're awfulising nature's lovely places, Dismantling the dreaming and the songs.


Their macho fear of flabby soft sensations Makes them pine for all things hard and lean.

They talk of foreign market penetrations And throbbing private sectors. It's obscene.


They're basically unloving types of creatures With demons lurking underneath their beds.

You'll notice that a necktie always features To keep their hearts quite separate from their heads.


So if they steal away the people's treasure. And bring the jolly swagman to his knees.

They can't remove the simple common pleasure Of loathing public bastards such as these.


For an environmental perspective of some of the larger privatization issues see the following

The Northern Lights

Privatization Information From Privatization Supporters


See Also:

"Free-Market" Think-Tanks Have Much to Say About Recreation Policy in America



This document was prepared by Wild Wilderness. To learn more about ongoing industry-backed congressional efforts to motorize, commercialize, and privatize America's public lands, contact:

Scott Silver, Executive Director,
Wild Wilderness
248 NW Wilmington Avenue,  Bend  OR 97701
Phone (541) 385-5261    E-mail: