Summary Of Garrett Hardin's The Tragedy Of The Commons

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The Tragedy of the Commons Response Garrett Hardin’s The Tragedy of the Commons raises awareness on and suggests a solution for overpopulation, and Beryl Crowe’s The Tragedy of the Commons Revisited is a refutation of Hardin’s work. While Hardin attempts at discussing every aspect of the population problem, he has ignored the population trend that has begun from his era and has taken individual freedoms too lightly. He has also made wrong assumptions, thus experiencing Crowe’s rebuttal. The following essay is a discussion of main points of Hardin’s and Crowe’s works and a personal reflection on them. Summary The Tragedy of the Commons by Garrett Hardin In The Tragedy of the Commons, Hardin (1968) argues that over-population is a “no technical solution problem.” A technical solution, according to Hardin (1968), is “one that requires a change only in the techniques of the natural…show more content…
While Hardin believes that an unjust system of mutual coercion is better than a world destroyed by overpopulation, Aldous Huxley’s book the Brave New World suggests otherwise. In Huxley’s futuristic society, the state regulates everything from birth, relationship, aging, to death. The citizens are devoid of individuality and freedom because there is no opportunity to develop them in this society (Huxley, 1932). Although Hardin is not asking for coercion as extreme as that in Huxley’s book, once the state begins to regulate the freedom to breed, there is a high possibility that it would infringe upon the citizens’ other rights and freedoms in the name of achieving stability as the World State did in the Brave New World (Huxley, 1932). When people are deprived of individuality and freedom, the society would operate just in order to keep the society operating. Hence, whether the results of injustice and coercion are preferable to total ruin is dubious (Hardin,

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