Magazine March 25, 2019, Issue

Lake Erie’s ‘Personhood’ & U.S. Citizenship

A border patrol boat on Lake Erie, August 6, 2008 (Rebecca Cook/REUTERS)

Somewhere between the founding of the republic and the time when a wind from Europe blew Karl Marx’s brain burps over the ocean, “rights” became conflated with “things that are good.” If you have the right to the pursuit of happiness, and taking the subway to see your paramour will make you happy, then you’ve the right to jump over the turnstile.

Does the turnstile have the right to object? Not yet. But soon. From UPI last month: “Voters in Toledo, Ohio, have become the first in the nation to grant a lake the same rights as a human being.

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