Re: The Tragedy of the Commons

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Mon Jul 23 2001 - 11:50:48 MDT

>From: Anders Sandberg <>

>I think the author of this article and Hardin make the same
>mistake. They see a problem, note that the methods of solving the
>problem at present are not enough, and then deduce that the
>problem must be solved using their favorite paradigm. But there
>are often many ways of solving problems, many of which are
>entirely alien to the current paradigm. We have moved beyond
>planned inventions and centrally regulated resources in many ways
>- but many people are still looking more qat the past for their
>policies. Hence it is important to read and understand Hardin so
>that we can counter the naive interpretations of his ideas that
>are still very prevalent.

Well, everything looks different through the retrospectroscope, but
I think Hardin's work is still extremely usefull.

A bunch of years ago we started building a new communications room
here. Politically it was decided that no one person (meaning me)
would have any final authority as to what was done there.

It evolved into a complete disaster, My boss quickly opted out of
the plan and I got to build our own facilities. Now of course I get
to completely rebuild the "commons" that got screwed up.


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