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The Ostrich Factor: Our Population Myopia

The Ostrich Factor Our Population Myopia Garrett Hardin one of our leading thinkers on problems of human overpopulation here assails the recklessness and basic ecological ignorance of economists and others who champion the idea of unbounde

  • Title: The Ostrich Factor: Our Population Myopia
  • Author: Garrett Hardin
  • ISBN: 9780195122749
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Garrett Hardin, one of our leading thinkers on problems of human overpopulation, here assails the recklessness and basic ecological ignorance of economists and others who champion the idea of unbounded growth Hardin delivers an uncompromising critique of mainstream economic thinking Science has long understood the limits of our environment, he notes, and yet economists cGarrett Hardin, one of our leading thinkers on problems of human overpopulation, here assails the recklessness and basic ecological ignorance of economists and others who champion the idea of unbounded growth Hardin delivers an uncompromising critique of mainstream economic thinking Science has long understood the limits of our environment, he notes, and yet economists consistently turn a blind eye to one feature we share with all of our planet s inhabitants the potential for irreversible environmental damage through over crowding And as humankind draws ever closer to its goal of conquering our final natural enemy disease the fallacy of sustainable unchecked population growth becomes and dangerous Moreover, Hardin argues, rampant growth will soon force us to face many issues that we will find quite unpalatable most notably, that since volunteer population control will not work, we will have to turn to democratic coercion or mutual coercion, mutually agreed upon to limit growth, a policy that directly threatens long cherished personal rights Challenging an array of powerful taboos, Hardin takes aim at sacred cows on both sides of the political fence affirmative action, multiculturalism, current immigration policies, and the greed and excess of big business and growth intoxicated industrialists.

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    1. Garrett Hardin was a lad who not only thought a lot, but could also think well. I recently discovered a Hardin book I had not heard of, The Ostrich Factor — Our Population Myopia (1998). Hardin was an interesting blend of an ecological conservative, and a growth-hating political conservative who detested economists. I hoped that this book would provide fresh insights on the huge and difficult problem of overpopulation.After Living Within Limits was published in 1993, critics noted that Hardin [...]

    2. This book hasn't aged well, though there is still some curmudgeon wisdom inside.In the background is exponential population growth in a world with limits: "The more successful a continuously growing population is in extracting wealth from nature-the-resource, the sooner it will suffer from the intransigence of the unintended creation, nature-the-sink" (p.43).He argues for a coming-to-terms in our lifestyles, suggesting 'truly conservative action', and doing what it takes to reduce population (qu [...]

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