- Name: Garrett Hardin
- Born: 04/21/2020
- Died: 09/14/2003 (16 years old)
- Known for: The Tragedy of the Commons (essay)
Garrett James Hardin (April 21, 1915 – September 14, 2003) was an American ecologist and proponent of eugenics who warned of the dangers of human overpopulation. He is most famous for his exposition of the tragedy of the commons, in a 1968 paper of the same title in Science, which called attention to “the damage that innocent actions by individuals can inflict on the environment”. He is also known for Hardin’s First Law of Human Ecology: “We can never do merely one thing. Any intrusion into nature has numerous effects, many of which are unpredictable.” He is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist, whose publications were “frank in their racism and quasi-fascist ethnonationalism”.
Birth Name: Garrett James Hardin
Alias: Garrett James Hardin
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Death Place: Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Garrett Hardin quotes :
Indeed, our particular concept of private property, which deters us from exhausting the positive resources of the earth, favors pollution.Garrett Hardin
A technical solution may be defined as one that requires a change only in the techniques of the natural sciences, demanding little or nothing in the way of change in human values or ideas of morality.Garrett Hardin
Education can counteract the natural tendency to do the wrong thing, but the inexorable succession of generations requires that the basis for this knowledge be constantly refreshed.Garrett Hardin
Why are ecologists and environmentalists so feared and hated? This is because in part what they have to say is new to the general public, and the new is always alarming.Garrett Hardin
In a finite world this means that the per capita share of the world's goods must steadily decrease.Garrett Hardin
Moreover, the practical recommendations deduced from ecological principles threaten the vested interests of commerce it is hardly surprising that the financial and political power created by these investments should be used sometimes to suppress environmental impact studies.Garrett Hardin
Fundamentalists are panicked by the apparent disintegration of the family, the disappearance of certainty and the decay of morality. Fear leads them to ask, if we cannot trust the Bible, what can we trust?Garrett Hardin
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights describes the family as the natural and fundamental unit of society. It follows that any choice and decision with regard to the size of the family must irrevocably rest with the family itself, and cannot be made by anyone else.Garrett Hardin
Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons.Garrett Hardin
A coldly rationalist individualist can deny that he has any obligation to make sacrifices for the future.Garrett Hardin