The National Parks present another instance of the working out of the tragedy of the commons. At present, they are open to all, without limit.
More Quotes from Garrett Hardin:In a finite world this means that the per capita share of the world's goods must steadily decrease.
The optimum population is, then, less than the maximum.
Of course, a positive growth rate might be taken as evidence that a population is below its optimum.
Using the commons as a cesspool does not harm the general public under frontier conditions, because there is no public, the same behavior in a metropolis is unbearable.
Indeed, our particular concept of private property, which deters us from exhausting the positive resources of the earth, favors pollution.
In an approximate way, the logic of commons has been understood for a long time, perhaps since the discovery of agriculture or the invention of private property in real estate.
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