The Ostrich Factor: Our Population Myopia

The Ostrich Factor: Our Population Myopia


Garrett Hardin, considered one of our major thinkers on difficulties of human overpopulation, right here assails the recklessness and simple ecological lack of understanding of economists and others who champion the belief of unbounded development.
Hardin supplies an uncompromising critique of mainstream financial considering. technology has lengthy understood the boundaries of our surroundings, he notes, and but economists regularly flip a blind eye to 1 characteristic we proportion with all of our planet's inhabitants--the capability for irreversible environmental harm via overcrowding. And as humankind attracts ever toward its aim of conquering our ultimate usual enemy--disease--the fallacy of sustainable unchecked inhabitants progress turns into increasingly more harmful. furthermore, Hardin argues, rampant development will quickly strength us to stand many matters that we are going to locate rather unpalatable--most particularly, that due to the fact that volunteer inhabitants regulate won't paintings, we are going to need to flip to "democratic coercion" or "mutual coercion, collectively agreed upon" to restrict progress, a coverage that at once threatens lengthy loved own rights. not easy an array of strong taboos, Hardin takes goal at sacred cows on each side of the political fence--affirmative motion, multiculturalism, present immigration rules, and the greed and way over immense company and "growth intoxicated industrialists."
Hardin's forceful and cogent argument for the union of ecology and economics is a needs to for someone considering the aim of a bountiful, but sustainable global. absolute to spark controversy, this ebook underscores the urgency of our state of affairs and divulges sensible steps we needs to take to make sure the longer term survival of humankind.

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