Garrett Hardin : The Tragedy of the Commons.


During the study week, I had the opportunity to revisit some of our previous lectures. Whilst researching some related materials on our 4th lecture, I came across these short video clips. I hope it will be of interest to someone.


Part Two


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2 Responses to “Garrett Hardin : The Tragedy of the Commons.”

  1. kawsu Says:

    HEY, if it means the earth and its natural resources would all crash if all countries attain the US living standard, then obviously the US as a nation must begin to sacrifice. In fact it is all about their way of life. They just consume too much. The US must see what Norway is doing. Norway has all the oil and gas but yet it is promoting the use of gas and hydrogen fuel for cars.
    By Kawsu Ceesay

  2. mdiate Says:

    Reading the article it appears that almost everyone recognizes that we must preserve our national heritage, our parks and wildlife, our farms, our wetlands and forests. And few dare to doubt that equal justice and universal human rights are essential axioms of morality. Simultaneously people accept the necessity of protecting the environment and they also assume the moral obligation that every human being has an equal right to health, education, and employment, regardless of where a person is born or from where that person is fleeing hardship or persecution. To satisfy these demands it becomes a moral necessity to create more jobs, to build more housing, to expand the infrastructure, to produce more food and water, and to provide more sanitation, health care, and educational facilities. The only problem is that success in attaining these worthy goals is possible only in an infinite world where no conflict need ever arise between individual, societal, and environmental needs.
    Only stubborn and muddled thinkers, however, can make believe that the world is infinite. The delusion of its infinity blinds them to the fact that all human activity must take place within the narrow range of resource use that the Earth can sustain. The ethical implications of the Earth’s finitude are made clear in one of the world’s great essays.
    The author conducts a simple seeming thought experiment in which he proves that any ethics is mistaken if it allows a growing population steadily to increase its exploitation of the ecosystem which supports it. Such an ethics is incoherent because it leads to the destruction of the biological resources on which survival depends; it lets people act in ways that make all further ethical behavior impossible.

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