We destroy the beauty of the countryside because the un-appropriated splendors of nature have no economic value. We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend. — John Maynard Keynes
The note below reminded me of another novel I read some years ago, so I hunted up my old notes and posted an abbreviated form on my "Readings" page. Now you can read my comments on Ralph Bates' 1936 novel (re-issued in 1966), The Olive Field.