The Tragedy of the Commons

The population problem has no technical solution; it requires a fundamental extension in morality.

At the end of a thoughtful article on the future of nuclear war, Wiesner and York (1) concluded that: "Both sides in the arms race are ...confronted by the dilemma of steadily increasing military power and steadily decreasing national security. It is our considered professional judgment that this dilemma has no technical solution. If the great powers continue to look for solutions in the area of science and technology only, the result will be to worsen the situation.

Full Text: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/162/3859/1243.full.pdf

Garrett Hardin
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Published in: Science
1968 Vol. 162, Issue 3859 Pages 1243-1248