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Tragedy of the Commons

The Triumph of the (Internet) Commons

Nigel Barber | Posted 08.20.2014 | Technology
Nigel Barber

As electronic communities shrink distance, a generation of (mostly) young people has begun to look upon the Internet (and even the entire global ecosystem) as something tightly interconnected and mutually supportive.

You Are Already Paying a Price On Carbon

Keith Gaby | Posted 07.13.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

When something is "free", we end up paying the cost somewhere else in the system.

Three Strikes You're out in the Old... Great... Plains!

Steve Zack | Posted 10.01.2013 | Green
Steve Zack

It is clearly a Tragedy of the Commons, as ranchers who may own the land but not the minerals beneath, have widely sold access rights to oil companies. The tragedy in question is the complete development of the resource and the consequent loss of any big open landscapes.

Our Tragedy of the Commons: Austerity That Doesn't Work

Harlan Green | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

All of the 'fiscal cliff' discussions have centered on how to cut government spending on public programs or raise enough revenues to diminish the deficit. But in fact there would be a much smaller deficit if the negotiations included reversing the neglect of our public resources.

Stealing and Selling Nature: Why We Need to Reclaim 'the Commons' in the Curriculum

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

In the same way that world history curriculum passes over the social and ecological consequences of land enclosure, the current U.S. history curriculum contributes to a larger ecological illiteracy by glossing over the historical role of nature.

Relocating Culture To Find A Solution To The Tragedy Of The Commons

Tobias Roberts | Posted 12.14.2012 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

Our challenge is to let go of a relative new story that has defined us as unconnected individuals acting for purely self-interest, and learn from the story that still thrives amongst people like the Mayan Ixil; a story that insists that we can act "in accord with the world."

Capitalism at the Crossroads

John Friedman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business
John Friedman

I have never shied away from being a staunch believer in capitalism as an economic system. Not that capitalism is perfect. It is far from it, as evidenced by a myriad of environmental catastrophes, social ills and corrupt behavior.

Wikipedia and the Hidden Deletionist Agenda

John Pavley | Posted 09.13.2012 | Technology
John Pavley

The Deletionist Wars on Wikipedia make visible the underlying culture wars that impact so many parts of our lives, our laws, our media and the way we think. Technology can't fix us. We have to fix ourselves.

Todd Stroger Meets Econ 101

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Pity Todd Stroger, the embattled Cook County Board chief who, having served the machine faithfully, is now being tossed under the bus as voters turn their ire on tax-happy politicians.

Game Change or Game Over

Matthew Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matthew Stein

"Admittedly world organization with common obedience to law would be a solution. Not that easy.... Things cannot be forced from the top. The internati...

The Media Tragedy of the Commons

Charles Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charles Warner

Just like the farmers in medieval times who took too much advantage of a good grazing thing and faced an overgrazed dust bowl, newspapers and other news content providers today face an ever diminishing amount of advertising dollars.

Why Ostrom's Nobel Is Even More Shocking Than Obama's

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Randall Amster

Make no mistake, despite the somewhat tame Nobel committee description, Ostrom's body of work is inherently radical, demonstrably anti-corporate, and implicitly socialistic.

Copenhagen and the Commons

Jamil Zaki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jamil Zaki

Informed, committed nations working together should be able to tap into people's common goal to stave off the effects of climate change, but the leaders at Copenhagen neglected some simple rules for creating such cooperation.

A Nobel Prize for Sharing the Commons and Avoiding the Tragedy of Copenhagen

Mike Sandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Sandler

Elinor Ostrom's work won her the Nobel Prize in Economics but it could have significant impact on the environment, if applied to fisheries, groundwater, the ozone layer, public forests and oceans.

Using Markets to Make Fisheries Sustainable

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Stavins

What has long been considered the obvious answer to collapsing fisheries -- restrictions on fishing -- has been shown time and time again to be the wrong answer. The right answer is enlightened use of markets.

Water, Water Everywhere? Sustaining Scarce Resources in the Desert

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Randall Amster

It's one thing when the desert is bereft of water, but the marshlands? The nation's agricultural leader? Major cities? Whole continents? And this is only the beginning.

Why the Financial Meltdown Reflects the Fundamental Failure of the Bush-McCain Economic Philosophy

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The American mortgage market now provides us with another clear example of how the fundamental premise of right-wing economic thought is dead wrong.