Tragedy of the Commons Q&A

Tragedy of the Commons Q&A - Ngoc Bui English 3...

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Ngoc Bui English 3 Sec#9 Professor Lisovsky 1. Somebody has just cornered you in the hallway and confided that they are certain that they'll be called upon in their next class to offer a brief synopsis of Hardin's Tragedy of the Commons. If you had but 5 sentences to offer, what would they be? Garrett Hardin’s “The Tragedy of the Commons” is consisted of a set of compelling formulations of the population problem. It proposes overpopulation as a tragedy of the commons, in which individuals are self-interested, “rational” (1244) people, seeking to maximize their own benefits. They exploit commons or public resources; having more babies, adding more cattle to pastures and polluting the air, for as long as the costs to them individually are less than the gains. When every individual believes and behaves this way, commons are quickly used up and ruined. No technical solution, including the laissez-faire system and the propagandas of conscience and responsibility appeals, can “as if by an invisible
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