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Understanding the Interactions of Environment and Society For Worstner the idea of a political economy is key to understanding the interactions of environment and society Worstner is useful to point out the role of government working together with certain privileged business interests to create the political economy which is a new environment-devouring creature of the twentieth century Gallagher paper Through Rivers of Empire we observe the social economic political and environmental developments that detect the workings of our political economy in full stream and the long-term effects In short public subsides for private power and profits Society discovers a better way to fulfil its aspirations through new developments in order to achieve the social and economic goals set forth in the West From the earliest beginnings of urbanization we clearly see society conforming itself into a hydraulic society The imperial city would make the valley its colonyfor whoever controlled the water in the land controlled the destiny of life depending on itRivers of Empire pg 71 Easily stated more property more power The ones who owned land separated themselves in a class all their own being the rich while several other races owned none They were categorized as the poor leaving hired labor opportunities open where low wage and poor living accommodations were a part of everyday life This later brought attention to the structure of power and poverty associated with a maturing irrigation systemRivers of Empire pg 224 As the years went by more and more people were being put into the poor social class by investors outbidding their land leaving fewer and fewer in the higher class The potential of the desert valley flourishing was limitless It would ensure the future growth of a population industry and agriculture would avert a social and economic stagnation Rivers of Empire pg 264 These glittering generalities used to describe the West won the hearts of many Everyone felt that they had a
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