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Notes # 36 reading - The Environment and Climate Change The...

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The Environment and Climate Change The Tragedy of the Commons Garrey Hardin 1. Introduction a. Idea: an individual who intends only his own gain is led by an invisible hand to promote the public interest b. The assumption justifies the continuance of our present policy of laissez-faire in reproduction c. Men will control their individual fecundity so as to produce the optimum population 2. Tragedy of Freedom in a Commons a. Tragedy: the essence of dramatic tragedy is not unhappiness. It resides in the solemnity of the remorseless something in working of things b. The tragedy of the commons is understood mostly only in special cases which are not sufficiently generalized 3. Pollution a. The tragedy of the commons as a good basket is averted by private property or something formally like it b. It is difficult to charge for pollution 4. How to legislate temperance? a. The morality of an act is a function of the state of the system at the time is it performed b.
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