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Garrett Hardin Quotes & Sayings
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Being Who You Are
Being True To Yourself
You cannot do only one thing.
Incommensurables cannot be compared.
Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all.
An attack on values is inevitably seen as an act of subversion.
Of course, a positive growth rate might be taken as evidence that a population is below its optimum.
It is a mistake to think that we can control the breeding of mankind in the long run by an appeal to conscience.
A coldly rationalist individualist can deny that he has any obligation to make sacrifices for the future.
Why are ecologists and environmentalists so feared and hated? This is because in part what they have to say is new to the general public, and the new is always alarming.
Indeed, our particular concept of private property, which deters us from exhausting the positive resources of the earth, favors pollution.
Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons.
But it is no good using the tongs of reason to pull the Fundamentalists' chestnuts out of the fire of contradiction. Their real troubles lie elsewhere.
But as population became denser, the natural chemical and biological recycling processes became overloaded, calling for a redefinition of property rights.
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.
Education can counteract the natural tendency to do the wrong thing, but the inexorable succession of generations requires that the basis for this knowledge be constantly refreshed.
To say that we mutually agree to coercion is not to say that we are required to enjoy it, or even to pretend we enjoy it.
The social arrangements that produce responsibility are arrangements that create coercion, of some sort.
In a finite world this means that the per capita share of the world's goods must steadily decrease.
No one should be able to enter a wilderness by mechanical means.
The only kind of coercion I recommend is mutual coercion, mutually agreed upon by the majority of the people affected.
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.
Mind Your Own Business
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