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The Ethics of Voting$
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Jason Brennan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154442

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154442.001.0001

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The Tragedy of the Commons

The Tragedy of the Commons

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(p.94) Appendix II The Tragedy of the Commons
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The Ethics of Voting
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Jason Brennan

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154442.003.0011

ECOLOGISTS describe land as having a “carrying capacity,” the maximum population that land can sustain indefinitely. Once the carrying capacity of land is exceeded, resources are depleted faster than they can be renewed, and the terrain starts to become wasteland.

The ecologist Garret Hardin found that when land is held in common by many different people, this could often lead to what he dubbed “the tragedy of the commons.”...

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