America's Fight Over Water: The Environmental and Political by Kevin Wehr

By Kevin Wehr

This publication inquires into the kin among society and its normal atmosphere through analyzing the ancient discourse round numerous instances of country development within the American West-the building of 3 excessive dams from 1928 to 1963.

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Rockefeller made fortunes in sectors such as manufacturing and oil. Progressives shared a common understanding (and embrace) of this process of industrialization. They did not, however, accept the corruption of business and politics that had come with it (Robbins 1976:302). This suspicion of corruption was addressed by positive action that was aimed at improving human communities through direct intervention in social activity. This action was, in part, based on the research undertaken by reformers.

Control by elites in Wyoming in some ways anticipated what was to come with federal technocratic control by the Bureau of Reclamation. Differences in water policy between the various states of the West have had varying consequences for development, and reflect the power of different interests in each state. In California, Hundley argues, the power of cities, landowners, and miners all influenced the development of a water policy that had an ad hoc character. The California doctrine has led to speculation and fraud (Hundley 1992; McWilliams 1949).

Since Worster works out of the theoretical framework of the Frankfurt School, it is not surprising that he uses a theory of power that matches critical theory very closely. Building on Karl Wittfogel’s (1957) Oriental Despotism, Worster enlarges the scope of the Frankfurt School to include infrastructural elements, such as the large hydraulic projects of the American West. Control over these projects amounts to control over the majority of the economy and society. This control is shared between the bureaucratic technical experts and the private agricultural sector that benefits most from the water.

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