Tragedy of the commons

I wanted to blither a little bit about a social trap refered to as “tragedy of the commons.” We’ll start out at the origin, Aristotle. He said, “That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it. Every one thinks chiefly of his own, hardly at all of the common interest; and only when he is himself concerned as an individual.” If you apply that to some of the laws and issues we live with every day you can see how accurate he was. Some obvious examples are traffic congestion or fish shortages. We can all access the highways or oceans, but by abusing that access for individual gain everyone ultimately suffers. Continue reading “Tragedy of the commons”