The Ostrich Factor: Our Population Myopia / Edition 1

The Ostrich Factor: Our Population Myopia / Edition 1

by Garrett Hardin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195122747

ISBN-13: 9780195122749

Pub. Date: 04/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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 consistently turn a blind eye to one feature we share with all of our planet's inhabitants—the potential for irreversible environmental damage through overcrowding. And as humankind draws ever closer to its goal of conquering our final natural enemy—disease—the fallacy of sustainable unchecked population growth becomes more and more 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."
Hardin's forceful and cogent argument for the union of ecology and economics is a must for anyone concerned with the goal of a bountiful, yet sustainable world. Sure to spark controversy, this book underscores the urgency of our situation and reveals practical steps we must take to ensure the long term survival of humankind.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195122749
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The Pursuit of Objectivity1
2Tertullian's Blessing9
3How to Lie with Learned Words17
4Foundations of Activist Science: By Right or By Default?23
5The Stormy Marriage of Economics and Ecology31
6Consequentialism: Nature's Morality45
7Natural Selection: God's Choice53
8Altruism63
9Coercion73
10Diseconomies of Scale: Ostrich Myopia79
11The Dream of One World89
12Russell's Theorem95
13A Martian View of Malthus99
14Equity, Equality, and Affirmative Action107
15Multiculturalism: For and Against119
16Ambivalent Value of Growth131
17The Extended Reach of Gresham's Law135
18Summary: Can Our Ostriches Find the Will?141
Notes155
Index165

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