A Critical Review of Hardin’s “The Tragedy of the Commons”

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A Critical Review of Hardin's "The Tragedy of the Commons"
Garrett Hardin posited that the population problem is one which requires a solution rooted firmly in sound scientific theory and governed by the highest ethical approach. However, this very premise provided by Hardin actually violates one of the components of his argument. Hardin argued against the perspective that the planet could be somehow managed with a growing population by achieving the greatest good for all. He disputed this approach by using mathematical theory. Hardin (1968) argued that “it is not mathematically possible to
maximize for two (or more) variables at the same time” (p. 1243). While this argument provided a sound train of logic to show that the greatest good...
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.....y ethically maximized solutions would definitively reduce the efficacy of population control.
In essence, Hardin posited an extremely idealistic argument. There is no realistic way that population growth will be slowed in any short period of time without brutal methods. Long term solutions are themselves rooted in idealism as population stresses on natural resources and the environment may exact insurmountable circumstances long before such long term solutions can be implemented. Thus, Hardin suggested an idealistic viewpoint, but science and ethics are not always cut from the same sack of cloth.
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References
Hardin, G. (1968). The tragedy of the commons. Science
162(3859), 1243-1248. DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3859.1243