I wasn't aware of how racist the origins of the concept of "tragedy of the commons" was nor how completely and utterly wrong the concept was until recently when someone on here pointed it out to me.
Just checked Wikipedia--it doesn't claim the *term* originated with him (just the concept) and friendly reminder, if you do see an error on Wikipedia, you can benefit the information commons by correcting it :)
The thing is, even if Hardin did first use the word "tragedy," it's not how academics use it today. And while he was wrong about commons history, it *is* a class of problem, as anyone who's had 2+ roommates can attest.
I think that fortunately, living in a world with Wikipedia, Linux and Twitter, we can see how a) often people protect & contribute to the commons, and b) mismanagement allows a few bad actors to poison or exploit the commons.
And what we see in history is how the commons needs social and legal protection.
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