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.
@Alonealastalovedalongthe Those AREN'T the origins of the term, though. Hardin used the concept in his paper but the term originated with British economist William Forster Lloyd over a century earlier, who used a commons as a hypothetical rather than claiming it was historical.
The *concept* of commons problems is valid even if Hardin is wrong, because small groups eg. shepherds can use social rules and monitoring to ensure equal use, like roommates do. It's a problem with solutions.
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