The Tragedy of the Commons and State Parks


Those who claim that we need the State to take care of the environment, protect the lakes, streams, rivers, forests, and declare National/State Parks are unconsciously committing various logical fallacies such as the appeal to antiquity, appeal to authority, false dichotomy, and tragedy of the commons.

The tragedy of the commons is the brooch that characterizes all “public property”. It demonstrates how human action is directly affected with an alteration in the incentives. When everyone “owns” a particular piece of land, forest, lake, stream, or river, it is the same as if nobody owns it. When nobody owns something there is no vested interest towards preservation and conservation. Therefore everyone seeks to use that natural resource to its fullest capacity without thought of the future. The tragically inevitable result is waste and plunder until that resource is thoroughly barren and depleted.

Moreover when a natural resource is State owned and considered “public property” it still requires currency and resources to maintain. How can a monopoly on initiated aggression know exactly what is needed to maintain this natural resource when all currency is obtained at the barrel of a gun and there is no competition to establish the price equilibrium? Without allowing for open competition in the Free Market these factors cannot be adequately determined. The result is further waste and inefficiency.

If, however this natural resource becomes privately owned the incentives change dramatically. Some people may choose to homestead it by living there, erecting a home, and starting a family. Other people may respond to the demand for untouched wilderness for the purposes of hiking, camping, backpacking etc. Such wealthy investors might purchase these large swaths of wilderness for the express purpose of maintaining their pristine nature for those who appreciate the natural world. They would be in direct competition with other wilderness owners and indirect competition with any other activity that consumers might elect to do in their spare time. Their incentive would be to care for, ensure future survival, and maintain this natural resource as it is satisfying significant consumer demand. Free Market Capitalism is an elegant solution to a world of infinite desires and scare resources.

Humanity Is The Miracle

The Revolution is Love, Obedient Drone Robot Hands a   Flower To Another Obedient Drone Robot

Nature is not fragile, delicate, and easily broken. Humanity is not evil, immoral, or a parasite on the planet. Nature is not the miracle. Humanity is the miracle! For most of human history up until the 20th century, people have lived on the brink of starvation and in abject poverty according to today’s standards. Now we can support 7.4 billion people. This was unthinkable just a few decades ago.

This overwhelming success is due to humanity’s fierce desire to thrive and prosper in the face of the unrelenting and savage reality that is the natural world. The natural resources have always been present. What has changed is the knowledge and technological tools to access, refine, and utilize these resources to the benefit of our fellow brothers and sisters. The flourishing of humanity is entirely dependent on the development and free flow of ideas in the Free Market. The more this process is facilitated the easier our lives become.

It is only through respecting each other as human beings that we can continue our magnificent journey to the stars and beyond. It requires the abandonment of antiquated and dogmatic ideas such as Nationalism, Statism, and the belief in authority. There are so many reasons for us to fail and fall into oblivion. Our existence rests upon a razor’s edge. Rejoice life every day, for the comforts you enjoy were provided to you by intrepid entrepreneurs and passionate inventors who fell in love with humanity! Fall in love, not in line!


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