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Taylor Elyea Sustainable Environments Assignment #2: Tragedy of the Commons 14 September 2018 Assignment #2 Part 1 Garrett Hardin, in his 1968 essay, argues that “The Tragedy of the Commons,” is an economic problem in which individuals try to reap the greatest benefit from a given resource . He insists that the detrimental issue of overpopulation is essentially a consequence of humans acting according to their own self interest instead of the common good. Hardin uses various anecdotes to describe this phenomenon including herdsmen who don’t consider how adding additional cattle to their herd will impact the other herdsmen and cattle involved in the pasture in the long run. In turn, he explains that the more herdsman who only consider their own heard and profit, the more resources are depleted. His renowned quote, “Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all” (1968) essentially encompasses the concept of “The Tragedy of the Commons.” The root of this tragedy is ultimately proven to be greed. In the case of the herdsman, each one only strives to maximize their gain despite what negative outcome there may be. Hardin states, “Ruin is
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  • Spring '13
  • AllisonHayes-Conroy
  • Tragedy of the Commons, Garrett Hardin

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